A friend and I were having a conversation several days ago about some of the wackier FB threads we’ve been a part of over the years. And we admitted that as a result, we both selectively edit what we are willing to post because of backlash we might get from people. People get rather huffy when you don’t change your profile picture to support homeless chickens or celebrate siblings-in-law day or whatnot. And others get mad if you post links to topics that they disagree with or comment on deaths of famous people that they don’t actually like. And in general – sometimes people forget that FB is a nice way to connect not a way to lecture people and take things way too seriously.
It reminded me of one of my favorite Jon Acuff pieces about what he calls the “Jesus Juke”. Essentially it’s when a conversation totally takes a left turn towards an uber religious serious tone when that was not the original intent. Jon’s piece (and the term) was prompted thanks to a tweet he posted about a bodybuilder doing pushups in an airport terminal. While most of the responses he got were along the lines of “how funny” and “post pictures!”, one person’s comment took that left turn: “Imagine If we were that dedicated in our faith, family, and finances?”
Acuff’s ponderings on it are exactly on point (quoted from his blog): “I was fine with that idea, I was, but it was a Jesus Juke. We went from, “Whoa, there’s a mountain of a man doing pushups next to the Starbucks at the airport,” to a serious statement about the lack of discipline we have in our faith and our family and our finances. I don’t know how to spell it, but in my head I heard that sad trumpet sound of ‘whaaaa, waaaa.'” Acuff is much funnier than I am. So be sure to read his whole piece.
But it got me thinking about all of the other “jukes” that occur on Facebook. Whether or not you’re religious, you’ve experienced the “juke”. People like to juke everyone else about finances, kids, parenting, social skills, eating, politics, happiness, depression, jobs, the economy, …. whatever.
Thus, a FICTIONAL FB thread popped into my head. No, it’s not based on reality at all. Other than a warped sum collective of all the realities of all the FB convos you’ve ever seen. And no, I did not really post this and my friends did not really respond this way…..but probably somewhere on someone’s timeline someone has…..And if you are my friend on Facebook – again – no – these are not based on you. So don’t unfriend me. 🙂
Bottom line – let’s just keep things in perspective peeps. And laugh more – especially at ourselves.
|You||The kids and I had a great conversation today about sharing and being kind. As a result we decided to pay for the meals for those in the car behind us at the drive thru. What a great feeling to help people in unexpected ways. #blessed|
|Friend||Aw so sweet.|
|Mom||Did you get my package I put in the mail to you? Give my grandkids kisses. Grandma wishes she could take them out to dinner.|
|Old College Buddy||Remember when we used to go through drive thrus and not pay back in the day? Guess you’re making up for it. Ha ha.|
|Nutritious Friend||Really? Fast food? That wasn’t being very kind to those people at all. You should have given them directions to the farmer’s market. Everyone needs fruits and veggies. Not pink goop.|
|Mommy Friend||Why don’t I ever get behind people like you at the drive thru? Do you know how nice it would be to have someone else pay for my kids’ chicken nuggets?|
|Political Friend||I hope it wasn’t “Brand Name Fast Food”. You should be boycotting them. Do you know how they treat chickens? It’s horrific.|
|Political Friend #2||Rather than pay for other customers you should have given the money to the cashier. They make NO money and are forced to work long hours with no healthcare.|
|PTA friend||Why did you go to the drive thru? Today was Spirit Day for our school at the local pizza place. If you had spent your money there, the school gets a cut of the profits. Next time check the PTA calendar!|
|Mother In Law||You’re going out to eat? I thought I bought you that slow cooker and a recipe book so you’d be feeding my grandkids homecooked meals. Tell my son to call me.|
|Fitness Friend||Fast food?? You better show up at boot camp class tomorrow and work off those French Fries, girlfriend!|
|Apparently Druggie Friend||Dude, I could totally go for some awesome french fries right now. Got the munchies!!!|
|Clueless Friend who doesn’t read the other responses||That’s awesome. We’re all so lucky to be friends with such a kind person.|
|Husband||Did you get me the sandwich I wanted? See you at home later!|
|Fiscally Challenged Friend||I wish I could do that. We are still trying to pay off our credit cards. Maybe I should have you take me out to dinner! I deserve that free meal more than some random person. Who knows, that person might be a criminal or something!|
|Church Friend||Good job! Next time though, give the cashier a paper with a Bible verse on it and our church service times to hand to the other car. Maybe Matthew 25:35!|
|Non religious Friend||OMG, you don’t have to be religious to be kind. And really if you give me a free burger, does that mean I have to go to your church? No thank you. I’ll eat elsewhere.|
|Feminist Friend||Did you get the kids meals? I hate when they ask me if the meal is for a boy or a girl. I always say “it’s a child not a gender!” Our kids should not be getting color- or gender-matched toys. Anyone can play with any toy they want to.|
|Random Friend||Oooo…..Did you get one of those new deluxe wraps? They are DELISH!|
|You||No good deed goes unpunished….especially the ones you mention on Facebook.|