I have my fair share of Facebook friends who are Christians. I count myself in that number, actually. *raises my own hand*
A small portion of those wear their religion on their proverbial e-sleeve, as most of their status updates, I notice, have something to do with God or church or da DEBIL.
And that’s all-to-the good, of course. More than a couple of times I’ve given my “holler-looyers” at some of the updates if I felt so inclined. #GodIsGood
With me, however, the messenger can [sometimes] be just as important as the message.
There’s someone who I all but stopped talking to after a certain point because of the kind of person she was: Bullying, manipulative, a source of drama, selfish, argumentative, condescending, vengeful, and rude. I could go on. For as long as I was around her, I basically kept her at arms length, because I never found her trustworthy. Ever. [And she's proven me right.]
Once it got to the point where we no longer had to be around each other as much, I cut off most contact with her. I didn’t like who she was as a person, so I felt it unnecessary to stay in touch. We’re still Facebook friends though, but she’s one of the “friends” I don’t typically interact with. [Actually, I have about 650 facebook friends, but I only regularly talk to like 12 of 'em. LOL! I'd assume that's true with most people, yes? I digress.]
Seeing her Facebook updates, though? You’d really think they were two different people. They’re filled with scripture and how she’s a prayer warrior and praying for this and praying for that and just all very Holy-Rollerrific. At first, I found it funny and I would issue regular side-eyes like like the following –> O_o.
I know that she comes from a religious family, and she probably believes everything she says when it comes to her faith.
But, still, having gotten to know her…
As a person…
I had to stick with my first response –> O_o
What can I say? People do change. And maybe she’s bettering herself since I last talked to her. Lawd knows I ain’t perfect, either, but her case was just… NIGHT and DAY. JECKYLL and HYDE. I kid you not.
A lot of people tend to side-eye folks who they know as being one way in real life, but are holy-rollers [or WHATEVER other persona they take on] on the internets, just like I did. Some people may have, indeed, seen the error in their ways and may be trying to change for the better. Everybody takes their own journey.
So, I recognize that maybe I shouldn’t judge. I can accept that.
But, I’ll surely sum up with my two cents on the matter: Nobody expects you to be perfect, but your character speaks as much as, and sometimes more so than, your faith. You can climb on the rooftops with a bullhorn & preach the word better than T.D. Jakes n’em, but if you suck as a person, your message is instantaneously drowned out.
Keep that in mind before you play the Jesus card.