Today is the day that Facebook reaches that mark of initial IPO offering and many people become very rich and many others step out to take a risk of investing in the new company. There is a difference of course – there is Facebook the website with the millions of users and Facebook the company – will the company be able to figure out how to make large enough revenue, will it be able to reach people who have just decided they don’t want to waste their time playing “Farmville” and posting about their latest root canal, and will they breach the privacy of people when they don’t want that intrusion? As we continue to cocoon inside our homes and experience each other in virtual worlds I wonder what this brave new future will be like.
King David, of Bible fame, wrote some wonderful poetry – it’s been on the best seller list for centuries. It has more followers than Facebook, it has stood the test of time, it is a great investment, and a hedge against the verities of the future. Psalm 119:165 says, “Those who love your instructions have great peace and do not stumble.” If we can encourage real community through Facebook it is a tool among other tools that can be very valuable. If it is a replacement for community and people choose to only experience virtual life in community we are going to miss out on the richness of life. One can be wealthy in the world and poor toward your Creator. Wealth in God’s “standards and poors” is based on relationships and wisdom not money and fame. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom…” (Colossians 3:16)