Facebook Christianity and my blurry life…We are all broken, ugly, sinners.

WP_20150308_16_42_06_ProI know I am not the only one to make this observation; People are not real on Facebook!  We only put the best out for others to see. We will take a picture 5 times if we don’t think it looks good. This can be difficult for Christians and others who are going through tough stuff.  We all post the best picture, video or quote.  We want others to believe everything about us is awesome. I know I do it.  I post when we are doing family game night, reading our bible together or having a family hug moment.  I don’t know that I have ever posted a picture when one of the kids is having a tantrum, or in the middle of a fight.  I know none of you have seen a video of me screaming at my children over something trivial. I never show you my unkempt house, my piles of dirty laundry or the time I left the seat up.  I don’t want people to see those moments.  I want them to see the good. Heck, I only want to see the good.

So it got me thinking, what if for a week we took pictures everyday, every 15 minutes or so? What if I took pictures of the mundane, the broken, and the bad? What if everything posted to Facebook wasn’t the good stuff, but was me at my worst? What if I posted pictures from angles not so flattering to myself or  only posted pictures that are too blurry to see? I suppose some of you would be offended, many would be annoyed, others would look down on me. Many would know for certain what they have always suspected, Steve is a broken sinner. Steve is selfish, Steve is a slob, Steve doesn’t do much right at all!  To be truthful you would all be right.

For those of you who know me, don’t worry I am not going to post pictures every 15 minutes.  You won’t have too unfriend or block my posts…hopefully. I write this because I want us all to be reminded we are broken. I to fail more than I succeed. I to am in need of Christ’s forgiveness.   We all need His grace, forgiveness, and mercy. We need it each day.

If this week you experience in real life the ugly and the broken, and you are ashamed of it. I would try to remind you, Facebook isn’t real life.  It isn’t real Christianity.  In real life the picture is actually blurry and often broken.  You are not alone. Jesus is there  with you.  He had gone through it as well. We have all been forgiven in Christ.

Therefore (Jesus) had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. Hebrew 2:17-19 ESV

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Life will not be better with Christ.

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I like shocking statements.  I enjoy throwing things out there to students to get them to think.  Sometime I think we need to be shocked in order to hear the message.  So here goes.  Life is not better with Jesus in fact it ruins your life.

I know most of you who are reading this are screaming at the screen… By the way you shouldn’t ever scream at your screen it is weird… But I said it being a Christian and follower of Christ mean your life will be different.  When you know Jesus your will be scorned by the world around you.  When you stand up for what is right in the world you will be mocked.  When you speak with family and friends you will be ignored and people will walk away from you.  You will look with empathy on those around you who do not know Jesus and his work for you.  The way you lived your life and it being all about you will change to a life of looking out for others…Well maybe all of this will happen.  You will still have days when you will be about you.  Your sinful nature will make sure of that.  However Jesus will continue to work on you.  And that work will be hard.

So I guess what I would like to share with you today is that God is faithful.  God in his work reminds us that when we are experiencing this persecution that Christ is faithful.  He will continue to come after you.  He will continue to chase after your soul through His Word and sacraments.  He is coming after you.  Just remember this doesn’t mean your life will be better but it will be one with Christ.