I am the last person that ought to be lecturing people on being political by posting on facebook. I do it all the time. But I don’t do it to win anyone over. I do it so that I may express myself. That’s what social media does. At their best, Twitter and Facebook serve as platforms for self-expression, and secondly, networking with people of like interest. I, for one, am not one of those people who sit on the fence, in fact, I have a strong anti-pathy for such bloggers and people. I don’t mind my facebook friends getting political, cuz none of them are too serious, and posts can be humourous at times, even when that was not the intention.
What political facebook posts do not serve to do is number one, convert people to Christianity, like this blogger seems to think. The Gospel is NOT to be identified a political platform as Dominionists continue to bellyache over and over. The Gospel is about a Kingdom and a King who invaded this world so that there can be a group a people who live faithfully to that King for the sake of a different Kingdom. This involves a different set of practices and belief systems than Christian Reconstructionists (those who believe in setting up a church-driven domination system). In Matthew 28, Jesus in not addressing nation-states, with the idea that our Amerikkka should “disciple” [read: use hegemonic control through economics and military force]. Jesus is instead addressing how his followers will be located unto the ends of the Earth, sharing the Good News about the Resurrection of the King.
Secondly, sharing funny memes about the Presidential candidates is not to the equivalent to not being respectful of their “authority.” If that’s the case, we should all condemn the Old Testament prophets and John the Baptist for criticizing the powers that be. Then again, this only increases my suspicion that Dominionists only call for submission when their man is in office, and revolution when he is not.
Lastly, to lift up social media as the primary means by which to talk to people about Jesus is a very poor substitute for face to face conversations about life, religion, and friendship. Facebook posts are not to convert people, but to only affirm your own believes and get affirmation from others. Otherwise, you wouldn’t block or delete comments you don’t like. Jesus’ “mandate” to go to all nations means we get our butts off the couch and visit places like the homeless shelter down the street, or that prison we like to avoid, for face to face encounters for justice in the name of Love.