Reaction to Church Facebook Song

I know it's been a while since I posted a reaction to something on my site, so it had to be kind of out there.  I was on Facebook looking at what my friends and family are up to.  All of a sudden, I see a link for the following foolishness:

Yes, he is really in church singing about keeping your business of Facebook.  Unbelieveable!!  I know that I have a lot of friends that do not go to church or have not gone to a church where they could possibly do something like this.  Let me attempt to explain what's going on.  This portion of the church service is called praise and worship.  At this point of the service, the worship leaders lead the congregation in songs and prayers to God.  This seems like a really bad time to offer up a public service announcement concerning disclosure of your activities on social media.  Maybe next week, the song will be "Wash yourself before you come in here".  Around tax time, maybe the song is "Don't forget to pay your taxes".  That time on Sunday morning will be the only time that many people that go to church do anything relating to God all week.  That's God's time right there; it was wrong of that praise team to inject some self serving foolishness into the service.

I was just talking to Monica the other day about church music.  When we were growing up, there seemed to me more songs about God, Jesus, Calvary, the blood of Jesus, the name of Jesus, God's love for us, our love for God, God's mercy on us, etc.  These songs have God's story of love and God's power to change lives all through them.  That's why you can sing some of these old songs like "The Blood Will Never Lose It's Power" and they have so much power on them, in them, and through them.  Even newer songs like "Awesome God" by Youthful Praise or "Oh How Precious" by Kathy Taylor and so full of God's spirit. Why? The words of these songs edify and glorify God and really have little to nothing to do with me.  More and more songs these days have more to do with me than they ever have to do with the God that we're supposed to be glorifying.  We have songs talking about "getting my inheritance" and "living on top of the world" and "when my season comes I'll be all right" and all kind of songs where it's not clear who is supposed to be getting the praise, me or the Lord.  Now, we have songs like this foolishness telling me to keep my business off of Facebook.  It sounds like it belongs in church, but the lyrics don't.  The Bible warns His people to stay away from people who have the form of godliness, but denying its power (2 Timothy 3:5).  If the Bible had a video link on that verse, it would probably link to this YouTube video.  

Even if you keep your business off of Facebook, there is no guarantee that everyone else will.  My mom used to say it like this: what you do in the dark is gonna come to the light.  These days, everyone with a smartphone can put your business on Facebook.   So the question becomes not how to keep your business off of Facebook, but how to control what goes on Facebook and the answer is to control what you do all together.  If someone followed me around and put everything I did on Facebook, would I be ashamed of what would go on Facebook?  My parents would always say to me and my sister that someone is always watching you, even if you are by yourself.  Before Facebook even existed and long after Facebook is gone, there exists another book that all my business goes into with or without my consent.  The Bible says in Revelations 20:12 says that books are opened and the dead are judged by what's written in the books, according to what they had done.  There is another book mentioned in that verse, the book of life.  The Bible says in verse 15 of that same chapter that anyone not found in the book of life is cast into the lake of fire.  So it seems to me if I take care of those two books, Facebook will take care of itself.

©  Stephen D. Roberson, 2016