"Will You Be My Facebook Friend" by Tim Chester


“The Facebook comments wither, and the tweets fall, but the word of God stands forever.”

Just before writing this I received an email to say I had won tickets to go and see the Apprentice You’re Fired! Coming from an Apprentice fan I can’t express how excited I was and had to seriously restrain myself from jumping up like a caffeine fuelled Gazelle in the middle of Cafe Nero. Next thing I found myself logged onto Twitter and tweeted:

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The instancy of Social Media is our ticket to sharing with the world everything we’re doing 24/7. This example shows how I therefore had the chance of telling not just one person but everyone who followed me.

The most popular social networking site with over 500 million users is Facebook. It’s become one of the major necessities in modern life. It reflects the boom of the digital era and the hold it has on our culture today.

As someone who only said goodbye to the Uni life a year ago, I felt the thick of it. As a student I experienced the lure of Facebook, spending endless amounts of time scrolling through Facebook statuses from expressions of joy that the sun was out, to someone who had just eaten the best slice of Banoffee pie they’d ever had.

“Will you be my Facebook friend?” by Tim Chester helps highlight the key issues with Social Media, in particular9781906173852 Facebook. How we should be using it as followers of Christ and how the amount of time we spend on it is beginning to have long term effects on real face-to-face communication.

One of the dangers that Tim Chester points out is how it has affected our ability to focus on just one particular task. It’s influencing the way we consume information. We need things in shorts bites or we’ll lose interest. For example, as I’m writing this, I’m needing to make sure this post isn’t too long before you switch off (here’s hoping you’re still with me...). The book is also very nicely condensed to only 48 pages. So no excuses not to read it!

Another key area that is brought to light is how Facebook encourages you to create an image of yourself in a digital world that revolves around you. You have the power to select who to be friends with, how good you look in your profile picture and so on. However by doing this we risk trying to play God. God is the one who created you, me and the world we live in. Therefore he is the only one who has the right to be in control.

So are you finding yourself wasting away hours on Facebook? Do you feel a buzz for every ‘RE-TWEET’ you receive? This very practical book is a necessity for any regular user of Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr etc. It helps put into perspective our incentives for using it and challenges us to ensure we do not fall into the lure of the digital world. Tim Chester doesn’t aim to discourage you from using Facebook but to be aware of the dangers and how we can use it as an opportunity to display Christ working in us rather than it becoming an episode of ‘This Is Your Life’ (one for the older generation).

This is the CSBC book of the term. If you would like a copy see David Skull