I couldn’t honestly tell you whether I’ve been unfriended on Facebook. For one, I’ve not gone through my list of friends to research who is missing. I’m just way too busy for that kind of research. However, I gather that most of the people who have unfriended me have been offended by my posts that deal with Christianity, politics or morality. Apparently we’re not supposed to talk about these things. Okay.
But then I think about Jesus. He was unfriended by lots of folks. In John 6:48-51, Jesus says
I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
Not only were the Jews confused by what he said but his disciples were also. Scripture says
When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? (John 6:61).
I don’t know how long these folks followed the Lord. I don’t know if they witnessed his miracles, his speaking, his life. They walked with him physically which is something believers today cannot relate to. However, when the Lord talked about being the bread of life and eating his flesh and drinking his blood, that was way too much, apparently.
From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him (John 6:66)
As believers today, we cannot be concerned, distracted or hurt when people stop following us on Facebook or offended by our beliefs. If they stop following us, it is okay. We should be able to disagree with civility. We should never feel animosity, hatred or disdain for anyone who disagrees with us. The Lord’s words of Luke 6:31 still and forever apply: “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” We would also do well to heed the Apostle Paul’s words when he says, “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men” (Romans 12:18). Love God by being bold for him and love people – period. If they are through with you, wipe the dust from your feet, love them, pray for them, but move on. Be about your Father’s businesss.
In the words of that great theologian P-Nasty, Christian, “You do you” and let others be.