Get off Facebook! BE A MAN!

Paul Washer is one of my favorite voices in the recent Reformed movement. He’s passionate, radical, sometimes abrasive and frequently offends his audience…probably just as a forerunner to the Bridegroom should do (just look at that rough and tumble wild man John the Baptist!) A healthy 1/3 of the sermons on my IPod are from Paul Washer with Piper, Chandler and Driscoll compiling the rest.

I know it seems hypocritical and a bit ironic to post a video rant about Facebook on a blog, especially when it is likely this will be shared via Facebook. There is more here than just an epic rant I assure you. Biblical manhood is Washer’s main focus, and I believe FB and the social media craze in general has an unhealthy grip on both young men and women. A majority of women age 18-35 check their facebook account’s in the morning before they even pee. That’s some news, folks. I share a generation that values a self-indulgent stalker tool over the basic essential bodily functions and needs.

I probably already have YOU!

Though there is much to lament about our societal fixation with the trivial (Trolololo Man, I regret to indict you), I know the Holy Spirit has the power to break through the self-inflicted distractions of our lives. I hope Washer’s message doesn’t fall on deaf ears. Godly men will not be found until grown boys repent of their wayward consumption of entertainment and social media.

And I’ll admit, I should be the first one in that line.

Bryan Daniels

Author: Bryan Daniels

I am a follower of Jesus, a husband to Jessica, and a father of three boys: Josiah, Gideon and Judah. I teach high school math as a job, read reformed theology as a hobby, and write this blog just for kicks. With the rest of my time I coach football and track.

9 thoughts on “Get off Facebook! BE A MAN!”

  1. I’m a girl. Why pick on men? Here’s the problem: FB is where I get in touch with friends I haven’t seen in years – pictures of babies, prayer requests, etc. I get some church news and death notices on FB. I also get (and share) real news on FB: abortion, homosexuality, persecution of Christians in the UK and elsewhere, etc.

    FB and other social networks are “bad” only if they entertain you and keep you from being aware of social/moral injustices and doing something about them. But for some of us, FB is “good” because it makes us aware of social/moral injustices and helps us spread the word. I use FB to wake people up, spiritually and socially. How do you think the US House mentioned Live Action in its 2011 indictment of Planned Parenthood? Thanks to social networks like Facebook!

      1. Yes, exactly. Social media is just a tool – either to glorify God or to revile him. The same is true with films and guns. We shouldn’t ridicule or ban a tool, but give advice on how to glorify God through that tool.

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