[quote="bluerose, post:23, topic:247977"]
Uh, no, we haven't. Just because we choose to do our evangelizing in different ways (like face to face) than you do does not mean we have copped out. Some of us, like PatriceA, use our facebook accounts for what you may consider frivolous reason, but they matter to us in keeping us connected with people we care about in a "cup of coffee at the kitchen table" sort of way.
Personally, the entire format of social networks is not conducive to effective evangelizing. People who might disagree with you or have questions really have no way of being able to talk with you in a calm manner because five other people have jumped in and either agreed with you without compromise or disagreed with you without compromise and the whole thing degenerates into a shouting match with hurt feelings and misunderstandings on both sides. Thus the message, no matter how good and edifying, gets lost.
If YOU want to turn facebook (or myspace or whatever) into your pulpit, no one is stopping you. But that's not what everyone uses it for. I have blocked or unfriended people whose posts are nothing but constant diatribes for or against the government, religion, etc. I'd rather have a real meeting of the minds rather than dueling posts when it comes to serious topics. I don't go on facebook to be "enlightened" by anyone. I want to find out how the kids' soccer game went, see the pictures from a graduation that was too far for me to attend, wish someone well on a job interview, etc.
Some of us, to use your own words, don't hide our light under a basket... but our lampstand is somewhere other than a computer screen.
I think this is well put, bluerose. :thumbsup: Soccerdad and Patrice, maybe -* just a suggestion *- look at the big picture. It may be helpful to remember that we have "different gifts but the same Spirit," hm? Maybe Soccerdad is "called" to a more confrontational approach although I would say it would be wise and prudent to make sure one is calm before posting whether on FB, CAF, or elsewhere. One's points will be better articulated and perhaps more likely to be thoughtfully received that way.
And maybe Patrice and others are called to a different approach, and the balance of these is what will ultimately prove most helpful to building up God's Kingdom here on earth.
Besides, Facebook isn't the be-all and end-all. There was a time, back when I was younger, when we all didn't have instantaneous access to a global platform (those stone tablets got heavy to carry around :p ) and somehow the same struggles between good and evil were going on and evangelization was still possible. Life affords a smorgasbord of different media in which to get the Good News across.
Caveat - I say this as one who did pull back from posting the things that brought the snark and trollish comments on. And got me steamed up - and put me in the occasion of sin towards making an angry, uncharitable retort. So I chose not to go down that road. I feel I made the right decision for myself in that situation. For more on that, see these threads:
Some may think me wimpy, but I say that there's nothing wrong with just using FB as a way to connect with friends and family, and nothing more. You can also use it to evangelize, but it's not mandatory.
Just my :twocents: