Tuesday, June 8, 2010

#160 Bible verse as Facebook status

When Facebook asks "What's on your mind?" the Christian's answer is often a verse. And just as often, dozens of people (presumably also Christians) click that they "like" it, no matter how obscure the reference. It begs the question, if their pastor or his wife made Ezekiel 23:20 their status, would everyone still be compelled to like it? Unfortunately we will probably never know.

People firmly enmeshed in churchiness "like" these statuses (stati?) with great consistency. Those less fervent (backslidden, perhaps) "like" them more selectively.

When a Christian or former Christian sees a friend's status verse and does not click that they "like" it they usually endure a pang of residual guilt typical of Christian culture aftershocks. Fortunately it only lasts a few seconds, which is more than I can say for most Christian culture residue.

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