I want to tell you about some of my facebook “friends” although I am pretty sure you already know them. They are likely in that “Mutual friends” box. See if you recognize them…..
1. The Vaccine Vixen- Ok I have 2 of these. One is adamantly for, and the other is adamantly against! But they are passionately seeking the truth, which makes me so glad. I have “researched,” (whatever that means) and prayed and made choices, but I rest assured that if there is new information out there she will find it, she will post it on facebook, send out a group email, and fight against big pharma (or not). I am exhausted just thinking about all that!
2. The Organic Organizer- She knows all about organic food, raw milk and free roaming chickens. She buys beef by the cow, and posts recipes with ingredients I can’t pronounce. It used to intimidate me. I can’t afford that stuff right now. Maybe never. Or maybe I don’t have time or won’t make time, but this girl is getting the word out, and we are actually seeing positive food changes!
3. The Missionary Mentor- She is fighting hard for the least of these, and for those that haven’t heard the gospel, and I am so proud of her. Her status updates make my complaints seem very small, which is kind of perfect. I need that perspective more often than not.
4. The Political Provoker- He fights against the political lunacy that surrounds us every day. His words are harsh at times, but the Bible does actually say that we should answer a fool according to his folly. It’s actually a type of math proof. Reductio Ad Absurdum. To prove something is true, you prove the opposite is false. Sometimes perceived as sarcasm.
5. The Culture Warrior- This “friend” is on the radio every day fighting the culture war. I am so glad she is taking up these battles for me. Her voice reaches a lot farther than mine. I imagine that she has lost some friends because of the public stand she has taken, and I am incredibly grateful for her sacrifice.
6. The Essential Oil Educator- Girlfriend is in love with oils. She has used them to cure just about everything and no longer has any over the counter products. I wish I had about 20 less laundry loads to do a week so I could learn more about the benefits of oils. But she has always been so generous to share with me what she has learned, even though I don’t go to her meetings.
7. The Workout Announcer- This friend posted her workouts for 60 days in a row. She is working hard to accomplish her goal, and ya know what? It inspired me, and I started posting my workouts too, and realized how motivating posting your accomplishments is!
8. The Devo Diva- When I saw that picture of her coffee cup and Bible, I realized I hadn’t done that yet. And it looked so good. I needed that. I needed the reminder of how good it is to sit for a moment at the feet of Jesus.
9. The Baby Biographer- The older generation always says to treasure every moment. And my friend does this well. Soak it in and remember. Babies are precious. Children are a gift. And sadly undervalued. Please fill my feed with sweet baby pictures every chance you get and remind me how fast it goes!
As different as all these friends are, they have one thing in common. They have chosen to follow Jesus. They defend His words. And they are each reaching different people groups.
I confess that I used to roll my eyes at some of these friends. Enough with the vaccines, food worship, political rantings, culture war fights, oil sales, working out and devo pics!
But here’s the thing. God has given us all different passions. And typically we can’t help but share them with everyone we know.
I am grateful for those fighting the battles that I am not fighting because somebody has to do it! Can you imagine one person taking up all of those causes?
It wouldn’t work.
Ya know what else doesn’t work? Belittling the passions of another.
Case and point. I remember reading one poverty focused blogger waxing wise about how a legal minded blogger needed to focus more time on the poor instead of our religious rights. She somehow missed the reality that the legal blogger is actually fighting for the poverty bloggers right to keep fighting poverty…in Jesus name. So there’s that little bit of irony.
If I go on the politically passionate friends page, I will read people warning him that his fervor is turning people away from Christ. But I didn’t see Jesus worrying about that when He walked the earth. In fact it almost seemed like he tried to turn people away.
“Follow me” Jesus said.
“But I have to go bury my father”
“Let the dead bury their dead”
“What must I do to be saved?” someone asked.
“Give away every single one of your possessions.” Jesus answered.
See? Jesus was offensive and radical, and yet He didn’t seemed bothered that they walked away.
Here’s my point.
We, in the body of Christ need each other.
This passage of scripture in 1 Corinthians 12 brings it home. You may have read this a thousand times. But yet it seems like no remembers the truth expressed.
The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
All too often in family settings when trouble hits, we turn against each other instead of turning to each other. Now is not the time for that. Now is the time to pray for each other, stand beside each other, support each other, in Christ, for His name’s sake, humbling serving the body of Christ.
I pray that we as Christians, followers of Christ, would do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, (Philippians 2:3) Because they will know we are Christians by our love for one another.