In 2006, CBS News conducted an interesting poll. They found that about 40 million people in the United States and Canada read the Bible every day. However, the poll also found that 143 million people in the United States and Canada are doing something else. What is it? They are actively using Facebook.
Let’s fast forward to 2014. Facebook just celebrated their ten-year anniversary and reported that they now have 757 million daily active users. I realize that this figure includes folks from around the world but I wonder what the world would be like today if 757 million people read the Bible every day.
The Associated Press recently reported that about 400 billion photos have been shared on Facebook. If you printed out the pictures four to a page on regular-sized sheets of paper and put the paper end to end, it would stretch for about 17 million miles. That’s enough paper to reach to the moon and back 34 times.
Based upon some of these survey numbers it is highly probable that many followers of Christ today reach for Facebook before they reach for their Bible.
Now before you tell me that Facebook and social media are wonderful tools for reaching people for Christ, let me say I understand that. I like social media and am an active part of this myself. However, I really like what Jennifer LeClair wrote in an article for Charisma News. She said this:
Somehow, even if Facebook were a part of mainstream Galilean culture, I don’t think Jesus would give up fellowship with the Father to check Facebook. It’s become a near addiction for some people.
Have you sacrificed fellowship with God to play Candy Crush or look at pictures on Facebook? Have you been neglecting Bible reading and now wonder why you don’t hear God speaking to you anymore?
Maybe it’s time for all of us to get our priorities straight. Next time you reach for Facebook ask yourself if you have had your time in the Bible yet that day. If you haven’t, put Facebook away and pick up your Bible. It’s probably time for you and God to exchange some status updates.