Ok, now to the questions...
WHAT IN THE WORLD DOES THIS MEAN?
I grea up in a world where phrases were given out in mass cliche.
'Give it up and give it to God.'
'Let God be the captain of your ship.'
'My passenger is a Jewish Carpenter.'
And now this? FAITHBOOK?
Has anyone in the world ever wondered why Christian cliche is so cheesy? I mean really? Is this where the understanding of theology has come?
I was recently talking my friend off the long cliff of legalism, and it was amazing how much of this kind of stuff plays in the head of people searching for honest faith. They've reduced the meaning of faith to a t-shirt, they're favorite pastor's soundbite, or a slogan used in the latest series at their church. But is faith something that can be reduced?
I suppose in realm of possibility, someone can have a 'faithbook' and learn to know God, but was it faithbook, or was it God that drew them near?
I don't want to cross over to the place of cynicism, so I'll give credence where possibility is well, possible.
I wonder if our measure of faith can truly be expressed in it's fullness when our only test of faith is whether or not we click a button, sign a card, go up front in a service, raise our hand when no one is looking...OR...is faith measured under the trials and tests of life.
Previously, the verse in James "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything..." was the verse I could hold on to knowing that my faith would grow.
But it wasn't until my faith was put to full test that I cling to this section of scripture, because testing requires us to come to the end of ourselves. Testing makes for a place where there is nothing left but that God might intervene in your life. It squeezes. It's referred to as suffering.
You can't really give it up and give it to God until you've experienced the press of life so fully you got no where else to go.
So this brings me to the point where I wonder if our culture, or better yet our sub-culture, has created a cloud of confusion about faith so we can swallow the messages we hear from people putting out cheeky T-shirts, insane bumper stickers, and facebook banners to ask people how dedicated they are to the faith.
It just feels strange in my spirit.
How about you?