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Why I Deleted My Facebook Account

Facebook has been the most popular form of social media in history and remains so.  We have seen Facebook replace MySpace and we have seen it withstand competition from other sources such as Google Plus.  However, I have grown tired of Facebook and have opted out.  Why you ask?

First, I actually don’t care about 95% of what people write on Facebook.  I am tired of being poked, of being asked for the 1000th time to play some game or attend some event that is 2500 miles from me.  I am tired of reading one political post after another.  I am tired of reading about what your cat did today or what your 3-year old is up to.  I just don’t care about these things.  Is that wrong of me?

Secondly, I have grown tired of the various Christian debates I see on Facebook.  If you want to make people mad on Facebook, just post something you know most people will not like and wait.  The arguments will soon come.  I, for one, am weary of all this.

Third, Facebook is a waste of time.  As I said above, I don’t care to see the picture of the sun setting in your backyard.  I don’t care to see the pictures of your latest party time at the local bar.  I have better things to do such as play with my boys or date my wife or read my Bible.

Fourth, I actually enjoyed life better when I wondered about people I went to high school with rather than seeing them now everyday filling up my computer screen with their pointless posts.  Life was simpler in the 1990’s when there was no Facebook, few had the Internet (remember CompuServe?) and no one had cell phones but rich folks.  I lived my life in the 1990’s just fine, not knowing what my old buddy from middle school was up to.  It was actually fun to run into someone you knew from the old days and ask about common folks you knew.  Now their lives (down to the last second) are all there for me to read about and I don’t want to know anymore.

Lastly, this post was obviously written in a joking mood.  In all seriousness, I really wanted off Facebook because I just don’t care for it anymore.  I enjoy Twitter and that is about enough social media for me.  I mean no condemnation toward anyone over Facebook (Romans 8:1).  This is a Romans 14 issue.  I admit that Facebook can steal much of our time but I honestly did not spend much time on it.  I simply wanted to get back to a simpler life and spend more time with my dear family and with my Lord.  I hope you understand.

The real reason is that I saw a church sign that said, “Get off Facebook and into God’s book” and that sealed it for me.  I hope you can read the sarcasm.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

03/07/2013 at 1:26 PM

Posted in Culture, Fads

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Divine Determinism and Facebook

When it comes to Facebook, I am a determinist.  In fact, my Facebook account is completely monergistic.  I choose whom I will to choose.  I do not choose them based on their choosing me.  I am completely in control of my “friends” on Facebook and I even delete them from time to time if they are A) not in line with my likes and dislikes (perhaps they pull for Clemson or something like that), B) they are inactive in fellowship or C) I simply choose to unfriend them.

This morning I spent time in my monergism Facebook account and I unfriended many, many people.  If you were one of them, you simply were not part of the elect.  You were never my friend to begin with.  Our “friendship” was not genuine and you bore no fruit that demonstrated that I had chosen you to be my friend.  I suppose some will be surprised to learn that they were “unfriended” by me but its my sovereign choice.  Some will say on that day, “Roy, Roy, did we not contact you and poke you and send you requests for our games” but I will say, “Depart from me, I never knew you.”  I have some friends that I allow to remain my friends but I block them because of their sins.  They are still part of my “friends” but they are being disciplined by me until they repent and come back to my views regarding what to post and not post on Facebook.

But why then did I choose some and not all?  Why did I choose to friend this one but not that one?  This is a mystery that you cannot fathom.  I chose to friend you and you should be grateful for that.  I could have never friended you.  In fact, I have the right to have no friends at all on Facebook and can simply look at what you are doing from a distance.  Who are you, oh man, to ask me why I choose to befriend this one or not that one?  Am I unjust if I only choose to have one friend instead of all?  It is my Facebook after all!  Yet I am still gracious and my name is out there for people to click on to “add friend” but in reality, only those with a special inward call will accept my friend request and become my friends.  Yet they realize quickly that I chose them and they did not choose me.  Our “friendship” is completely by my sovereign grace toward you oh man even though you did accept my friendship request.   Even that was by my grace (though I will not tell you how this is so nor how I cause the non-friends to not accept my requests though they do so on their own free will but not really).

So when it comes to my views regarding salvation, I am fully Arminian.  When it comes to Facebook, I am a determinist all the way!

PS – This was written to be a joke!  So don’t send me comments blasting my theological views.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

12/25/2012 at 1:48 PM

Posted in Humor

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