October 2010

Posted by Ken Schmidt

19-months ago, this woman would have made no sense to me.  Now, I understand everything she is talking about.


I remember many of these calls, almost everyone of them still gives me goosebumps.

Posted by DeanPaulson

Recently I read an article by Charlie McCollum from the San Jose Mercury News in which he was reviewing the movie and story behind “The Social Network”.  The director of the movie is a gentleman named Sorkin.

Apparently the movie does not paint a very favorable picture of the founder of Facebook.  The founder of Facebook has disputed the claims made by others which are depicted in the movie.  Apparently several other people claim he stole their idea.  Now certainly stealing and dishonesty are morally wrong and concerning. I have not researched the evidence regarding the truth so I cannot comment on that.

However, listen to what Sorkin (the movies director) says when he is questioned about what really was the truth regarding the situation.

“Sorkin suggested that ‘there is no single truth, there were multiple truths’ to the Facebook story”. “’There were two lawsuits brought against him (Facebook’s founder) at roughly the same time. The plaintiffs and witnesses all came into the deposition room and they all swore an oath and all told three different versions of the story’”.

What is so concerning with what Sorkin is saying is that most of our culture would agree with him.  That there was three true but different and contradicting versions of the same story.  The problem of course is that this is impossible.  Three contradicting but all three true versions of the same events? Somebody was wrong.  If people’s stories or the presentation of facts conflict with each other they cannot all be true.

This has crucial implications for our Christian faith.  Any given text in the Bible can only have one meaning and that is the meaning of the author.  Another implication is that when we are dealing with events, especially events that occur between people we must seek for the truth.  Did someone actually sin towards another or is it just perception?  Can we actually know what the truth is in any given situation?  The Bible says yes. 

A retired police office once shared this with me.  When they were called into domestic disputes he said the officers realized that there were four versions of what happened. There was the man’s version of what happened and then the women’s version of what happened.  Then there was the perspective of the officers and what they thought happened.  Then there was what really happened.  As a Christian my desire should be set on knowing the truth because God is truth.  While there may be many perspectives and perceptions there can only be one truth to scripture and one truth to the events that occur around us.

Posted by Ken Schmidt

Recently, I gave up Facebook status updates.  I did so because Facebook has served as a mirror to point out areas of sin in my life.

First, I realized that my need to continually update others of my status stemmed from a need to feed the idol of self-recognition in my life.  I want others to see how great my life has turned out.  I want others to know that I have it together.  I want others to know how cute my kids are.  I want others to know that I married the greatest woman in the world.  I want others to notice me!  I feel like the “Me-monster” in comedian Brian Regan’s ‘Dinner Party’ bit.

Second, I realized that I have a very critical heart.  Numerous status updates of others can cause me to shout, “Who cares!”  Not a godly response, I understand this.  One of the ways to combat sin is to flee from it.  Therefore, I have employed this amazing feature on Facebook.  I can hide status updates.  I am not doing this as an indictment of those posting status updates.  Rather, I am hiding them so I won’t act out in this area of sin.  I am praying for a tender heart in the area of listening to others as they speak of themselves and those dear to them.

Third, I realized that status updates have the ability to draw me in.   The sin issue involved here is self-control.  The reason I joined Facebook was to keep in contact with the younger generation.  I have noticed that the younger generation will take a day or two to respond to an e-mail.  However, if I send them a Facebook message, oftentimes the response will be within minutes.  So, the key for me is to use self-control and use Facebook for in the way I originally intended.

The moral of this post:  Facebook is bad…ha, ha.  No, Facebook is just like anything else in our world.  It is neutral, it can be used for good or evil.  In many ways, I can and will use Facebook for good.  In the ways in which I have realized I was using it (or was it using me?) for evil (i.e. to sin), I am attempting to cut out like a cancer in the body.

Should you abandon Facebook completely?  Should you limit your Facebook use?  Should you continue to use Facebook as usual?  I don’t know the answer to these questions.  I would challenge you to use Facebook as a mirror and ask the Holy Spirit to point out areas of sin.  If they are there, fight them!  If not, rejoice in this great tool that God has given us to connect to others.