I’m a recent Facebook convert, and because of the letter I got yesterday, I will be a dedicated FB user for years. I think the fellows at FB have hit on something quite powerful, and I hope it makes them rich and happy.
Twenty years ago, approximately, I knew a fellow named Jim Hicks. Haven’t seen him in two decades, but we hooked up on Facebook a month ago and have exchanged a few messages. Then, yesterday, he sends me this:
I thought about you just a minute ago when I notice about one of my FB friends joining a FB group came up on the Live Feed.
One of the things that is so shocking about this FB is seeing people become almost militant in their socio-political beliefs.
The people on my friendlist run the political spectrum from diehard christian conservative to very liberal democrat. Growing up where we did, I’m sure you’ve got as many different political beliefs represented on your friendlist as I do.
But what is shocking to me today is a guy I knew in High School (he was 2 years ahead of us on the football team) that is now living in California joining a FB group entitled “1,000,000 strong to Strip the Mormon Church of It’s Tax Exempt status” to which he comments “Bigots Suck”. I couldn’t believe it. (I thought he was a little too militant on the whole Obama thing, but this was just off the reservation).
Personally, I’m a conservative non-denominational Christian (much closer to Baptist) if someone had to brand me with a title. But for the life of me I’ve never seen this level of hate be so blatant since ….Nazi Germany, maybe?
I don’t know how aware you are of this kind of crap, I don’t even know how involved in the LDS church you are – but as one of the few people I know that is LDS, I felt led to let you know that not all “non LDS” folks are hatemongers against your church.
Truly, it breaks my heart.
Yours in Christ,
Many of you – most of you, I’d guess – know that I am a Latter-day Saint, what most people call a Mormon. This isn’t an accident. I profess this faith on purpose. But as those of you that grew up with me in Virginia know, I’m a sucker for Catholic mass and a Baptist choir. I know a great deal about “mainstream” Christianity, and respect those that profess it honestly. I work with them and I love them for their commitment to Christ. I also work with and love those that profess no religion, or a religion significantly different, though I don’t understand them.
There’s a huge amount of hatred in the world today. And no matter what God you profess – and especially if you worship NO god – that’s a bad thing. Jim Hicks showed me a ray of hope yesterday, and I won’t soon forget it.
And that’s why Facebook is so incredibly fantastic.