Valerie is a 42-year-old, single, Reformed Christian lady who lives in Baltimore. She doesn't remember a time
before she knew and loved Jesus, but she does remember accepting John Calvin into her heart in March of 2000.
Valerie is a member of Christ Reformed Evangelical Church in Annapolis.
Though her career aspiration is to be a housewife, Valerie has not yet found anyone suitable who wishes to hire
her for employment in that field (or, more properly, anyone suitable has not found her), so in the meantime she
earns her daily bread working in communications -- editing, writing, print design and website management.
Thinking Biblically About Facebook
I recommend this outline for your thoughtful consumption. Here's a condensed bit:
9 Potentially Negative Uses/Dangers of Facebook
The trend of using status updates to complain
Measuring your worth/identity by number of Facebook friends/Facebook interactions
Greater concern over forming Facebook (virtual) friends rather than real friends
Diminishment of face-to-face time with people/enjoying and working on real relationships
Hurting and excluding others (intentionally or unintentionally)
Facebook and online life can make you more distracted, changes how you think/attention span
Can tempt you away from your calling/work
Thinking about yourself more than you already do
6 Facebook Opportunities: 6 Ways to Love God and Love Others Through Facebook (Leveraging)
Can get back in touch with old, far-away friends in an easy way, showing them how you've been changed by Jesus
Can use Facebook as an extension of face-to-face relationships/can be used to enhance time with people
Can use Facebook to think about yourself less and others more
Can use Facebook to sharpen/discipline what you do with your time
Can use Facebook to quickly announce/make great things happen: events, face-to-face time
Can use Facebook to influence other people for Jesus. Create a new culture with your status updates: use to influence, love, encourage, teach, and challenge people towards greater love for God and other people.
Read the full article for fuller context, examples and explanations...and think of your own!
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 10:34 AM
On November 18, 2008 9:45 PMpentamomwrote... Those are good thoughts, but I detect an irony there. Compare #7 on the "bad list" to the writing style of the list. Not only is it fragmentary, it's highly allusive as though it's contained in a shared, specialized world (a la Facebook?) In several of the items, an idea is thrown out but not explained, e.g. "Dual identities" as an entire entry.
None of that takes away from the validity of both lists -- I think they're great. It's just, well, rather ironic.
On November 21, 2008 9:00 AMAbra Mariewrote... I'm on facebook primarily because of pro #1. However, I have found it great for getting my fellowship in via chatting when a)I can't leave the house and b)I can't talk on the phone due to numerous child training interruptions. As a stay at home mom, it's been nice to have interaction with the outside world, even if it is digital.