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What I am about to say is sure to offend someone; however, it needs to be said. There is a big difference between using Facebook to evangelize and using Facebook to show off your religiosity.

Sometimes, when I view my Facebook news feed, I am reminded of Jesus’ words from the Sermon on the Mount concerning the hypocrites who prayed loudly on the street or made a big show of giving alms to the poor just to receive the praise of men (cf. Matthew 6).

In like manner, Facebook Pharisees desire to have their posts liked and their statuses or pictures shared. They love to have positive feedback expressing how godly they are as well as thanks for being such a positive role model as a Christian.

Moreover, Facebook Pharisees openly criticize others regarding their perceived lack of holiness. They take pot shots at other Christians, questioning them of the righteousness of their motives when they post something as innocent as vacation photos.

Facebook Pharisees do not send private messages to a fellow Christian needing to be admonished for something posted. Nor do they give said Christians the benefit of the doubt that a post may have resulted accidentally.

Facebook Pharisees use Facebook to promote their agenda, whatever it may be. They use it to draw circles of fellowship within the brotherhood. Ultimately, Facebook Pharisees do more harm to the cause of Christ than good.

God, forgive me when I have failed to let my light shine on Facebook, but help me not to succumb to the temptation of using that platform to express self-righteousness.