John Piper blogged:
Why should we think of the Facebook app threatening the Bible app? Why not the Bible app threatening the Facebook app, and the email app, and the RSS feeder, and the news?
Resolve that today you will press the Bible app three times during the day. No five times. Ten times! Maybe you will lose control and become addicted to Bible! Again and again get a two-minute dose of life-giving Food. Man shall not live by Facebook alone.
John Piper’s blog Desiring God doesn’t allow comments, but Todd Rhoades got a discussion of Piper’s post going on his blog. Most of the comments there seem to be bashing people for using Facebook more than the Bible and bashing people for listening to John Piper more than the Bible.
I think the whole discussion is misplaced. Facebook and the Bible need not be opponents.
This is a false dichotomy based on the assumption that Facebook is bad, that it’s primarily a temptation for wasting time, gossiping, and inappropriate relationships.
Yes, those temptations exist, but the bigger picture is that Facebook is a tool that helps foster relationships and community. Facebook and the Bible don’t have to be in competition in our lives. They ought to be in cooperation.
Through Facebook we can:
- Develop and strengthen friendships.
- Encourage and pray for others.
- Live out our faith and share the gospel with our non-Christian friends.
- Receive wisdom and inspiration from other Christ-followers through whom the Holy Spirit speaks.
- Provide wisdom and inspiration to other Christ-followers as the Holy Spirit speaks to us.
“Facebook vs the Bible” is like saying “Community vs the Bible.”
Instead of challenging people to choose one or the other, how about if we challenge each other to use both Facebook and the Bible for His glory?
How do you see Facebook and the Bible? As opponents? Partners? Why?[see John Piper’s post, Todd Rhoades post]