When Matthew wrote Matthew 25:31-46, I bet he didn’t think he was writing about Facebook, did he?

You know the verse – where Jesus said, basically, I was needy and you didn’t help meet my needs, so you’re not part of the kingdom of heaven.    Those who were called to account said,  “Lord, when did we see you hungry?   When did we see you thirsty?   When did we see you…….”

And Jesus says, “Whatever you did not do for the least of these, you did not do for me.”

Bam, there enters the Facebook effect.  

100 years ago, 20 Christians could have been executed for their faith on the other side of the globe and we wouldn’t have noticed.

Today, we can watch it on video.

20 years ago, a little child in Haiti could die from malnutrition and we wouldn’t even know about it.  

Today, we can know her name, her story and the struggle that took place to save her.

20 years ago, we wouldn’t know about the teenagers in California who committed suicide due to bullying and depression.  

Today we can hear stories and see video from their parents and their siblings.

20 years ago, we wouldn’t have known about the teenagers in the foster care system in Los Angeles who needed families.

Now we can see and hear about them from friends.

The world is a lot smaller place because of Facebook (and all of the other social media).  

And because we can know about what’s happening over there, we have to know.

And we have to care.    It used to be that we could focus on the people on our street, the people in our church, the people we work with.

Now God’s saying, “Because of Mark Zuckerberg, that’s no longer good enough.”   

Because of Facebook, our neighbors are a lot more widespread.

Because of Facebook, we can no longer be quiet when terrorists strike.

Because of Facebook, we can no longer be quiet when racism rears its ugly head.

Because of Facebook, we can no longer ignore the starving children in the Middle East who were forced from their homes by ISIS.

Because of Facebook, we can no longer ignore the injustices that are being committed against children all over the world – and all over our country.

Because of Facebook, God’s call to care for the widows and the orphans in their distress is a lot louder and a lot more urgent.

Because of Facebook, we can’t say,  “Who?  I don’t see anyone who needs help?”

Because of Facebook, the world is smaller.

The need appears larger.

And the call from God is growing.

Will you answer?

Tom