The past several days, I’ve seen a lot of differing posts on facebook.
“Like this if you wanna go to heaven!”
“like this if you laughed”
“like this if you agree.”
“like this if you want bieber to burn in a pot of boiling tween screaming girls…”
And seriously, all of those kind of irritate me. Which isn’t really a good thing for me to be right now. I worked 9 straight days (or really 12 with a sick day in there somewhere…) and half of those involved me waking up at 6 to be with the Prince as he woke up, feeding him breakfast and then entertaining him throughout the morning/day. Most of those days involved me getting off at 7:30 PM, starving, tired, and ready to fall down from the summer heat and humidity boiling me alive here. So frustrated… not a safe thing for me right now.
Add to this that I disagree with having to post a “Christian” painting or photograph to show that I believe that way.
Sorry. God’s grace isn’t about works. If it were about works, I’d be screwed a million times over because I often fail… and hurt others doing so. I don’t want my salvation to be dependent on me being good, or “liking” a facebook post because I got guilted into it. I generally like facebook posts for three reasons. 1) it’s a funny picture, saying, or whatever and I happen to want the poster to know I enjoyed it, not because they asked me to… or 2) It’s a good post by a family or friend, or 3) it’s really really good news, that a like is just required by friendship rules, to let them know that I read it and that I’m excited for them! (Ex…. Friend: “My boyfriend and I just got engaged!” Me: “OMG! that’s so exciting I cannot even like this status enough! *blah blah blah blah*”)
Why must we attach “Like this if you’re going to heaven” to photographs that don’t even contain anything pertinent to the faith the poster refers to? “Ignore this and you’ll go to hell!” has been in half of said “Heaven” posts. I’m sorry. I didn’t realize that ignoring acheesey picture would condemn me! Besides, didn’t Jesus get on to the legalistic pharisees and sadducees over and over and over (and over?)
Dear friends on facebook, please note I generally see your posts becauseI’m lame and have no life but I will not like a photo because you ask me to. I’m sorry. That’s a cop out to blame low self esteem on your internet friends. Do you want me to like something on Facebook? Don’t *ask* me to like it. Just say what you want to say. Be real. And know that if I like it, it’s because it’s GOOD, not because you needed me to affirm you. If you’re having a hard day and I like your status, maybe it’s to get you to smile, or to let you know that you can call on me to help in whatever way i can. But seriously, leave the guilt trips at home.
(this blog brought to you by a tired/overworked/hungry Karen who’s fed up with pointless facebook posts)