This blog is about social media.
***You’ve read 100’s of blogs and watched just as many videos about social media and why it is good or bad. I’m not here to take a side, just present the evidence. Frankly you are probably reading this blog because of social media******
Now let me start with this.
If social media is causing you to sin, if it is causing you to stumble. To be jealous or envious. Causing lust, pride, greed, envy. If your social media is causing others to sin from what you are posting, stop reading right now….
…..And delete your social media.
Christian men, if you are following accounts that you know you should not be viewing. Stop reading now…..
…..And delete your social media.
[Tweet “No tweet, Instagram or Facebook post is worth harming your own or someone else’s relationship with Christ.”]
But Eric, only once a week does cause me to stumble….delete it.
With that behind us, let’s put social media on trial.
- Jealousy – I see what some of my others friends have or a vacation they went on and suddenly I am not content with where I have gone or what I have.
- Fake – Filters. God created each and every one of us in His image. He sees all of us as His beautiful sons and daughters. Be confident in who God created you to be.
- Being present in the moment– How often when we are with our friends and family are we more focused on our phones and social media? Enjoy the time you have with others, share those moments with them.
- Social Interaction – If I have seen everything you have done on social media this week, when we sit down to talk, what will we talk about? [Tweet “Enjoy stories in person, not over 140 characters.”]
- Encouragement – What a great opportunity to share a verse or a quote that might make someone’s day better.
- Distance – Keep up with friends and family who live out of state or out of the country.
- Memories – How much fun is it to look at our Timehop every day and seen how much we have or have not changed. Look back on old pictures of friends and family and fun events.
Obviously these are just a few of the positives and negatives that come to mind. Add your own to this list. Examine what you are doing on your social media, and why you are doing it. What is your purpose behind your post?
Pray for guidance in social media. God is sovereign and cares about every part of your life, and wants you to honor Him with all you do, including social media.
Put social media on trial in your own life. Take a month off and see how you feel. Decide for yourself whether it is something you need or do not need. But in the end, ask yourself, do my social media profiles please and honor God?
You pick your filters, adjust the contrast and spend hours coming up with the perfect caption, but wait…only 3 likes in one minute?! ABORT, ABORT!
My, oh my, how social media has a hold on us: on how we see the world, on what we view is acceptable, on how much our beauty is worth. Ladies and gentlemen, it does it all.
I have so many thoughts on this issue I don’t even know where to begin, but let’s try pictures.
Just today, two people posted the same photo, a boy and a girl. The boy’s looked normal yet the girl’s was not only bright and tinted a different color, but she had cropped an entirely different picture of her head onto her body. She didn’t even look like the same person in both pictures!
Girls, what have we come to; to degrade ourselves AND our Redeemer so low that we literally change our entire face? Has He not made you beautifully? Has He not made you perfectly? Has He not made you wonderfully?
Now we love to change the lightings and contrasts and put on different filters. I am extremely guilty of spending long bouts of time editing photos. I even admit I have 3 different editing apps on my phone to adjust different aspects of pictures. But how far is too far?
Just the other day I was scrolling through my Instagram and came across a picture where I didn’t know a single person in it, so I clicked on the profile to unfollow the random stranger only to realize it was actually a friend I knew. She had shortened and squished her face, yes there are apps for that, to a point to where she was unrecognizable.
When I think of the world unrecognizable I think of Jesus on the cross, beaten to a point where he was unrecognizable. He sacrificed so much for our sins to the point that he even lost His physical recognition, but here we are, willingly doing the same thing for a like.
Now social media has made us sacrifice our worth and dignity to a point that we are unrecognizable.
This, my girls, is a point that is too far. [Tweet “God has made us beautiful, not only on the inside, but also on the outside.”] This even means without our make-up, without our fancy clothes, without our jewelry, all of us are beautifully made.
Now past the pictures are the results of our media posts. I got to the point in high school that I was so obsessed with getting a certain amount of likes in a set amount of time that I would delete my post if it did not reach my goal. Talk about trying to find comfort and approval form the world, and even more so, think of the disappointment and rejection I felt from it. (It was a lot in case you can’t imagine.)
Rejection is something I struggle with on a whole other level that will have to be saved for a different post. However, my point is while I knew my biggest insecurity was rejection, I constantly put myself out there on social media to find comfort in it only to continue feeling rejected over and over again. It was insanity.
Satan takes the most popular things that “everyone is doing” to make it into a tool to keep you away from God. If you don’t find security and confidence in God, there are plenty of accessories in the world that can bring you down, social media included.
The more you place your value in a post, the more your worth degrades in your own eyes. [Tweet “You are valuable, don’t let a like or retweet cheapen you.”]
My final point with social media is guarding your heart. There are so many ways a person can fall through one image on the internet.
Social media places fake women on covers and websites as unnatural goals for women to try and reach. You wonder why girls have such self-esteem issues and then you look at their role models and you get it.
What joy we could attain if we learned to love ourselves the way God created us.
This world is filled with war, and social media is just another way to be attacked. Protect your worth, know your value, and let your beauty shine.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. –Proverbs 4:23