Social networks are a curious thing. People utilize these tools for a myriad of reasons.

Unfortunately, for many this fantasy world becomes their reality. They spend most of their day hovering and lurking for any possible movement while playing all their favorite games (examples – Facebook’s Farmville or Mafia Wars). Then there are the infinite lists of groups and pages and causes to go through.  Like the funny Verizon Wireless commercial, others post every – single – thing – they – do in the course of the day. TMI! Some sites allow you to post your favorite music which begins playing whenever someone visits your profile page. And this is NOT the end of the madness that clutters and crowds out the “real world” space.

Now before I get into too much trouble here, I am not suggesting that if you play games or join these virtual groups and causes that you are a stalker or a slacker. (You might be but I am NOT suggesting all who participate are. If you are a stalker or slacker, STOP IT!) Nor am I against posting your like of certain types of music.

My opinion (we’ve all got one – you get a little of mine here) is that these social networking sites are to stay in touch with friends, family and acquaintances.  Life happens at a fast pace for all of us and in a positive way, social networking sites assist us to stay in touch – from a distance. If I want to hear the music you love, I will choose to listen, please don’t force me. After all, don’t we all like choosing our own options? Status updates and comments are NOT – I repeat, ARE NOT – a forum for you to preach your theology and “cross swords” with others that don’t see eye-to-eye with you.  I don’t need the extra games and “join my cause” requests. If it is a legitimate cause, my joining on a social networking site is NOT really doing anything.  That leads me to the topic of this blog – SLACKTIVISM!

Slacktivism – (Wikipedia definition) “feel-good” measures, in support of an issue or social cause, that have little or no practical effect other than to make the person doing it feel satisfaction. The acts also tend to require little personal effort from the slacktivist virtual activism with no real results.

This thought began a few weeks ago when a certain thing was being posted on a certain social networking site that “pretended” to do something of which is was NOT DOING ANYTHING CONSTRUCTIVE. HELLO! It’s a social networking site. It is NOT the real world. If you want to make a difference for a certain cause, how about physically doing something or financially supporting your cause. That is what they do in the “real world”.

Unfortunately, I have seen churches, ministries and “Christians” who fall into this same pretend lifestyle. Just because you say you believe in something or attend a certain church does NOT make you everything the establishment or their theology implies. In the same way, just because you go to a particular restaurant, it does not mean you like everything on the menu. If you like ONLY ONE THING on the menu, you may frequent the establishment, but totally dislike everything else they serve.

The spiritual trap the enemy sets for us is to make us “feel good” about what we do or what we give while avoiding the extra mile things that will truly have an eternal effect on the world around us.

The Lord saved you and called you out of darkness to come into this marvelous light of His truth and live a life that is actively having a positive spiritual effect on the world around you. Jesus called us salt and light. These qualities are critical to the salvation of those around us who do not know Christ.

(to be continued…)