Headline in today's Asbury Park Press...
Pastor to church leaders: Get off Facebook or step down
And it's a very literal title...
"It's to the point now that this Sunday, anyone in our church in a leadership position and who is married and is on Facebook has to resign their church position if they do not give up Facebook."
Those were the words of Rev. Cedric A. Miller, senior pastor at Living Word Christian Fellowship Church in New Jersey.
Seems the good reverened has grown tired of married couples going on Facebook then ending up in his office for counseling due to acts of infidelity, all ignited, according to the good revered as a result of being on Facebook.
I spoke on it a few weeks back, and just admonished people that there's a reason why your past is the past and hopefully you have grown in the Lord, matured to not link up with a past that for many people is a Christless past," Miller added.
With all due respect to the good reverend, are you kidding me?
The very first post I wrote for Social Media Todat was titled Find Social Media Sand, Insert Head. I wrote that in the context of business owners, marketing folks, etc. who either refuse to see the power of Social Media or simply are ignorant to it.
But the same title would apply to the good reverend, would it not?
Does he really believe that going off Facebook will cure all that ails his flock?
C'mon Rev... you know better than that.
It's akin to closing an alcoholic's favorite bar down and thinking he/she will never have a drink again. There's another bar right down the street!
You don't treat the problem by merely closing down one avenue when another avenue is readily available. That's incredibly short sighted and you are using this avenue, in this case Facebook, as the cause and root of all things evil.
We all know that Facebook is not the problem...
Fortunately, at least one other person can see the forest through the trees...
I wouldn't say Facebook is the problem," said William Rosenblatt, an Ocean Township psychologist and therapist. "What I would say is we live in a rapidly changing world, and we are facing stresses and opportunities that we've never had to face before."Facebook doesn't create dissatisfied marriages," Rosenblatt continued. "People who are dissatisfied now have better means of creating support systems and networks that are much more vast, and it's much easier to connect with people that way.
And in case you were wondering, yes, the good reverend will be off Facebook by Sunday, come hell or... ok, you get the point.
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