I wanted to start this thread because I recently drew a line in the sand on my facebook page, and I wonder if others here have done the same. Sadly, I spent many of my younger years finding my joys in drugs and alcohol, and things even far worse. Many people who used to be part of my past are still friends with me on facebook, even though I don’t literally hang out with any of them anymore. Not to long ago, it came to my attention why many of these people are part of my past, and thats exactly where I need to keep them. One so called friend of mine was recently making fun out of Catholics and the so called “strange rituals” that they practice during Lent. Another so called friend of mine had a picture of Pope John Paul II posted as his profile picture with words that were mocking him.
A line was publicly drawn in the sand today, and within 24 hours I will be thinning the herd on my facebook page. The last straw for me was when another of my so called friends posted a music video on his facebook page called “What If God Smoked Pot?”
I seek the kingdom of God now and I yearn for a detachment from worldly things. I’m not claiming to be a saint, but I’m also not going to go on facebook and pretend to be something I’m not anymore. The old me is slowly dieing within me, and I can only thank God for that. I have to admit that the friends I feel closest to now are total strangers whom Iv’e never met, but are like minded Catholics and my brothers & sisters in Christ. I have made friends on facebook with people here, as well as many friends from another Catholic website called 4Marks which recently closed, and these are the people that I feel closest to.
I don’t feel that there is a good way to balance this. I also don’t think by just blocking them, I’m doing any good. I need to stand up for what I believe in and let people know that if they act this way I have no use for them.
I will still pray for these people, but I feel that I need to leave them behind me and move forward. How do you all deal with this sort of thing?
PS: I will leave you all with a couple of quotes from some saints who have inspired me to start this thread and inspired me to do what I’m doing.
When I say “the world” I mean the corrupt and disordered life led in the world, the damnable spirit that reigns over the world, the perverse sentiments and inclinations which men of the world follow, and the pernicious laws and maxims by which they govern their behavior. Christ looks upon the world as the object of His hatred and His curse, and as something he plans and desires to burn in the day of His wrath.
Have no intercourse with the people in the world. Little by little you will get a taste for their habits, get so drawn into conversation with them that you will no longer be able out of politeness to refrain from applauding their discourse, however pernicious it may be, and it will lead you away into unfaithfulness.
Jean Baptiste De La Salle