In starting off 2018, I laid out a vision which came as a result of analyzing obstacles in my life….obstacles to growing and becoming more mature in the Christian faith (see Giants Will Fall). Admittedly, much of what I write is personal and a revelation of things God has been placing His finger upon in my life; stating “you need to surrender this to Me.” I know I’m not alone in these thoughts and this blog has been an attempt of sorts to rally us together; to say let’s walk the road and encourage one another. We all struggle, we all have weaknesses and pressure points where we succumb to temptation and for lack of a better term, we surrender to idol worship. What are the idols in your life that lead you to seek out identity in something other than Jesus? If I’m completely transparent, an idol that I give way too much time to is social media.
No one ever really talks about the dangers of social media but I’ve decided that it really should come with a warning label. Last year, one of the most highly read and shared blogs I wrote was on this very topic (see 3 Social Media Rules For Christians). I think that post’s popularity is merely a small reflection of what culture, especially Christian culture, is grappling with. We are dealing with a new form of technology (albeit not entirely “new” anymore) and we are incorporating it into every part of our daily lives. It can consume and occupy a lot of space in our day and I will admit (as will those I live with) that I have given it too much time. More often than not, I need a reboot and a reset from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and the like. It’s not that the platforms themselves are inherently evil or bad. It’s just that in a world which glamorizes self, I have been guilty of playing the game and trying to keep up with the Joneses.
Authenticity and community are such a desire; the irony is that social media can make us anything but authentic and connected. Although I'm not trying to, what I’m saying today may have offended you. But my hope is that as I’m sharing my heart you will see someone who has been personally affected by all of this. In playing the "comparison game" I've readily ignored some of social media's dangers and gotten burned. These are the convictions I believe the Holy Spirit has led me to share. I think the discussion only grows as the interactions we have online become commonplace and part of our way of life. As stated, with so many inanimate things, there’s not a good/evil that inherently exists. It’s how the thing is used and applied that can make it for benefit or harm. My constant hope is that what I share is encouraging and uplifting and gives you something to reflect upon.