I have decided that I hate the “like” button on Facebook because it is endemic of our society. It illustrates a societal trend of jumping on someone else’s ideological bandwagon. We don’t have to think for ourselves anymore – all we have to do is “LIKE” someone else’s political post, Pinterest poster, or their latest blog. Most of what I see online is just a bunch of regurgitated content and a whole lot of “me too” clones who have lost the ability of independent thought.
So what has spurred my latest rant? I see the same religious and political posts circulating Facebook, Twitter and other social network sites. I give the authors some credit for independent thinking, even if I don’t agree with their conclusions; at least they took the time and made the effort to articulate their positions. My problem is with all the disciples of these folks who fawn and drool over everything a certain writer or commentator has to say.
Call me arrogant, but I don’t find many people that I agree with on a consistent basis. I may agree with 80% of someone’s blog post, or 75% of the sermon or Podcast I listen to; but I also believe God gives us the gift of discernment. Sometimes I find that makes me a bit skeptical, but mostly it gives me a sense of peace to know my own mind.
We find a nice precedent for this kind of mental discipline in Acts 17:11, “Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” I like the Bereans, they thought for themselves. Christianity was a powerful movement with tens of thousands of adherents. It would be very easy to quickly pick sides. The Bereans did what we should all do – they practiced a reasoned approach to what they were hearing, they studied and made informed decisions.
I don’t like preacher worship, or doctrine worship, or blindly following a political party or commentator. I want to be around people who think, who research, who have enough good sense to use the brain God gave them.