Bible Reading: Proverbs 18.1-5
He who separates himself seeks his own desire, he quarrels against all sound wisdom. A fool does not delight in understanding, but only in revealing his own mind. When a wicked man comes, contempt also comes, and with dishonor comes scorn. The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook. To show partiality to the wicked is not good, nor to thrust aside the righteous in judgment.
I like how the NIV translates verse two a bit better, “Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.” Can you say Facebook? Or Twitter? Around the world, social media has exploded in its reach to billions of people now. The highlighted proverb above deals with our own selfish egos. Indeed, that’s often what we find on social media platforms. They can become electronic pedestals for our own self-promotion.
The problem with that is basic. As Christ followers, we are called to humility, rather than pride. I love how the Apostle Paul put it to the church at Philippi, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Wow! The entire thing suddenly becomes clear.
As with many of the things in this world, social media tends to corrupt and twist our world view to match its own. Whether we like it or not, the internet and social media platforms can gain power over us. As its power increases, so too our attitudes begin to change. The world view is all about self, whereas we are to live as Christ centered and “others focused” people, serving God in all humility. The other problem with social media is that it can be a thief of our time. Don’t get me wrong here. I’m not saying that social media is evil. We should be careful of anything that can gain such power over us.
How many other things can we accomplish if we give up social media? So here is a challenge. Turn it off. Yep, that’s what I said. Turn it off. Tell others of your plan, so that they won’t be offended when you don’t respond. See how long you can live without it. See if you can go a whole day. Or a week, or even a month. Pick a workable time frame for you. Turn it off. Tune in to those around you. Spend some of that regained time reading your Bible. Encourage one another in all love and grace and humility. Be at peace!
Memory Verse: A man of too many friends comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18.24