If Jesus had facebook…

makesign3-1It’s official; I am now a “fan” of Jesus on facebook. I’m currently debating the theological implications of also becoming a “fan” of God as well.  This past Lent, a e-mail started floating around of Jesus’ facebook page. I thought it was possibly one of the funniest thing I have ever seen. Check it out here:
Jesus' Facebook Profile -

I really enjoy social networking, facebook (Friend me! Sean I. Ater)
, twitter (Follow me!), Linkdin (Add me!). I think it amazing that I can keep connected with people I went to college, high school – even grade school with. Social networking has created the amazing ability for me to know all of the details about a persons life. In just a few minutes I can discover all of the personal details of someone I haven’t seen or talked with in years. Marital status, profession, political and religious views, contact information, their close personal friends and relatives, their hobbies, favorite books, movies, and sports teams. The list goes on an on.

jesusfriendWith all of the wonders of Social Media, though, I really do not have an authentic relationship with most of my “friends” on facebook. This makes me wonder how authentic my relationship with Jesus Christ is. What characterizes my relationship with Jesus? Does my relationship only go as far as the “facts” about who Jesus is? How do I know that I am a true friend with him? Is my friendship with Jesus equivalent to the friendship I have with that person I went to grade school with – just an accumulation of the “facts” of that person’s life?

Jesus told us what makes us his friend. “You are my friend if you do what I command you” (John 15:14). And what does Jesus command of us? “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12b). This is the great mystery of friendship with Jesus Christ! To love others, and to follow his commandments is to love Christ. Wait a minute; does this mean I actually need to love those 275 friends on facebook? Well that changes things….