Saturday, August 7, 2010

#90 Facebook Status Evangelism


When they aren't tweeting their way through their trip to Walgreens or posting their bra colors in their status updates, white Christians are crazy about facebook status evangelism. After all, "witness" and "whiteness" are only a couple letters away.

Since the white Christian is exclusively facebook friends with other white Christians, facebook status evangelism really straddles the line between witnessing and bragging. When facebook friends see "You are King of creation and King of my life / Lord of all Lords you will be!," next to a friend's profile picture, they know that this friend has achieved the illusive expert-level of white Christendom. These types of status update are on par with raising both hands during praise songs or direct-depositing your tithes.

White Christians that encounter a friend that has achieved this level are very quick to adapt. When the status update, "Boy is it hot outside," receives zero comments and no "likes," but "Yeshua You reign on high!" gets near unanimous cyber-approval, there's no question which type of update is more likely to be repeated in the near future.

Feeling guilty about being exclusively sharing these status update nuggets of wisdom with other white Christians, white Christians have decided to evangelize the fallen facebook realms by creating fan pages. These groups typically have names like "18 Billion Strong for Christ," (despite the notable issue of a global population of just under 7 Billion and a Christian population of around 2 Billion) or "Jesus is the Lover of 5,000,000 FB souls" (128 people like this).

Interestingly, facebook is one of few social media where white Christians have not segregated sacred from secular (See Youtube/Godtube). It is frankly stunning that no white Christian has started "GoodBook," as an exclusively Christian alternative to Facebook.

While we're on the topic, if you haven't joined the SWCL fan page, please do so. If you're already a fan, share the good news with your friends. We're currently at 541 fans which is roughly 0.000001% of our goal of 13 Billion fans.

14 comments:

Belle said...

This article is so funny. I started out on facebook with a few Christian friends, now I have dozens. People keep suggesting me for a friend, which is very kind of them.

One difference though, I have friends from all colors all over the world. I actually feel closer to non-white peoples. We seem to have so much in common.

eqdw said...

Goodbook? I think a better pun would be "faithbook". Which, by the way, if it wasn't taken by a domain squatter, I would totally buy.

Terry Lee said...

i agree with the comment above: faithbook would be a much better title for the hypothetical facebook alternative. i love puns with a lisp. ;)

this post was hilarious. as a cynical christian and FB user, i become somewhat queasy when my "friends" continually post scripture and praises as their status.

don't misconstrue, i'm all for praising the Lord ... but it just comes across as a tad, well, righteous, pious, sanctimonious.

i'm reminded of the scriptures (matthew 6) that speak of the hypocrites praying in the street and the men practicing their righteousness before others, to be noticed (all my paraphrasing).

i'm not saying all FB christians who trumpet their faith via their status updates are insincere, i'm just saying it makes me uneasy. all too often, those are the same ones sending mixed signals to the world, giving christianity a bad (worse?!) name.

cynically yours,
terry lee

Kristen said...

I am rolling right now! Very well written post.

I agree with Terry Lee--those types of updates leave me with an uncomfortable feeling in my stomach. I've never been a fan of what I call "in your face" evangelism.

If anything, I am in much more agreement with St. Francis of Assisi: "Preach the Gospel; use words when necessary" or something close to that.

I count continual faith-based status updates as not being necessary-- especially when you already have places in your Profile--Religion and About Me--to state your religious views and beliefs.

Anyway, as always, I enjoyed my visit to this blog tremendously!

http://crazyworldamazinglife.blogspot.com/

Paul Wilkinson said...

My status: Paul Wilkinson is leaving a comment on Stuff White Christians Like.

Abraham Calvin said...

Abraham Calvin likes Paul Wilkinson's status.

ChuckEastNashville said...

Read today on Facebook, "Thought for the day - you have a real life friend request from the Son of the Living God. Hope you decide to accept it."

Chris Heward said...

http://www.hisbook.org.uk/

I can kind of see the point in it, and it's good of the person to create it, but yeah it is concerning that people always feel the need to make a separation.

Anonymous said...

Ah, crap, you got me on this one. And I direct deposit my tithe too!

Anonymous said...

No, no, no. You see, there already IS a Christian version out there...started in 2007 in Orlando, FL: http://lightstogether.com/default.aspx =)

Anonymous said...

My pet peeve about a lot of those 'christian' posts on FB is when they add at the end, "if you..agree, believe, whatever' then you WILL copy and paste this to your status...
..or we are out to prove there are X million true believing Christians on FB, so if you are a true beleiver, 'like' this post and copy and paste to your status...
...or something along the line of, "if you are a true beleiver...are not ashamed of the Lord...." then you WILL copy and post....
Maybe it's just my stubborn streak, but put something, anything, to me that way, like I'm being told to 'prove' myself, is enough reason for me to NEVER copy and paste whatever it is!

Anonymous said...

wait...I thought facebook was real life! what am I going to do now!?

Anonymous said...

if you don't repost this status, God will send a billion locusts to devastate your favorite football team's home stadium and glenn beck will run for president!

Justin said...

I think that it is greatly amusing to see racist-guilty people point out their 'relationships' with 'friends from all colors' as (oxymoronic) proof of their lack of racism.