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One New Friend Request, It’s Your Lord.

December 20, 2010

What would you do if you logged onto Facebook and saw a friend request from your Pastor? You can’t really ignore it, because that’s like saying no thank you Holy Man, and no one wants to admit to that. I am Roman Catholic, currently non-active in the church, but if my local Pastor happened to track me down via social networking I would feel obliged to accept. Before doing so I would have to delete all and any content regarding booze, boys, curse words or any other matter that would make me seem like anything other than the sweet angel I am (stop laughing). As strange of a situation this may seem to be, apparently it’s quite common. Some pastors and various religious leaders are turning to Facebook, Twitter, iTunes podcasts and blogging as a means to reach out to current and prospective members. Social networking was once seen as just a place for tweens and young adults to upload pictures of ourselves doing that kissy face (you know you have one) and talk about our lives that we kept hidden from our parents.

 I read in an article that a group of New York Rabbis blogged about whether people should fast from Facebook for passover. I actually know someone who gave up Facebook for lent. I thought it was silly at the time, but when you really think about it, how often do we check our page and or pages on a daily basis? How many times do you update your status in one day? Like anyone really cares about what you had for lunch or what you wore to bed. Well maybe the last one but that’s not the main point. Stay focused people.  We are a society of narcissists,we think everyone really wants to know about everything we do. Admittedly for the most part we do, hmm does that make us stalkers too?

Major corporations and mom and pop shops have been capitalizing on social networking for quite some time with positive results so why not religion. I understand that with religion comes a whole slew of controversy, especially when you feel bombarded on your seemingly insignificant social home page. Thankfully I have come up with two fantastic options in the event of an incommodious friend request (oh yeah I’m busting out SAT words). Option 1- simply ignore it. Option 2- if you can’t ignore it for fear of losing brownie points into the gate of heaven, accept and then hide. The hide button is this amazing little feature that allows you to keep your friendship but not have to be bothered with their status updates or posts. The best part is, the person you have hidden is none the wiser. I tend to use this function with people who feel the need to talk about how much in love they are or how their life is completed by their 2 month relationship. I’m totally not bitter though. With privacy settings and customization of almost every single public social site on the internet, we can pick and chose what we want to see when we log on. If we can’t be stopped from posting links or updates about our morning train rides, horrible dating life or sudden desire for a hot dog, then who is to say that a pastor or rabbi can’t do the same?

At GAI (  we don’t care if you have 10 or 10,000 friends via social networks from your chosen place of worship. We never judge and strive to make you feel as comfortable at our offices as you would logging on to the net in your jammies! Feel free to stop by and visit us at Gunwel Associates, Inc. We are looking forward to making new friends and learning about what brings you to a higher place.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 20, 2010 7:45 pm

    Excellent post I’m going to nominate this post for the famed “Blogigone” which is just like the Oscar but for bloggers!

  2. Jennifer permalink
    December 20, 2010 9:15 pm

    I will go through withdrawals if you do not keep them coming….no pressure…I swear 🙂

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