Every time I set to write I pray that what I publish is God inspired and not a high horse or soap box.
Slipping off your podium is ugly… Ask me how I know.
This post is late. I struggled to hit publish for fear of sounding holier than thou, for fear of sliding off that soap box or dismounting my high horse in shame.
Be what it be, I can’t get it off my heart.
As you read know it’s not intended to be a rant. It’s most certainly not intended to kick anyone while they are down, and God forbid it come across as being judgmental to any Christians on their journey that aren’t where “we wiser mature Christ followers” (said with sarcasm) want to make them feel they should be.
It is really about: Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; Psalm 1:1
I’ve been wincing a lot lately. I’m afraid you have too, but I’m even more afraid you haven’t been.
Oh lawdy, I’m not claiming Facebook is the fall of humanity.
I am claiming I see a lot more falling since my begrudged joining of Facebook.
Oh sure, it has it’s sins, but really it’s more of a documentation to the world of the sin it’s in.
…and it’s not just Facebook. It’s social media. It’s the World Wide Web.
As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 1 Peter 1:14-15
I see you faithful. You standout brave and tall and illuminating your corner.
I also see you complacent, worn and weary and caught in the current.
Debbie said it like stating the obvious, “If you aren’t growing you are dying.”
I heard God say it deep in my heart, …and if it isn’t nurturing you, it’s poisoning you.
Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” 1 Corinthians 15:33
So my hearts been torn. Do I give up the opportunities to serve that has come to me by way of social media?
My wise husband told me the night I was activating my account and wondering if I was doing the right thing by joining the women’s ministry app launch team, “Just post that you are on here for ministry purposes and that you love everyone but if they post anything contrary to your values that you will unfollow them.”
I thought it was smart but I decided to not stir that pot because as soon as the app launched I was outa there. Who wants to revisit that old preschool game of “I’m not your friend anymore”?
Then another opportunity came and went and then another.
So here I am, digging through the dumpster for the tiny slivers of good.
I feel a bit like a trashetarian.
I’ve made good friends with the ‘I don’t want to see this button’.
Unfortunately, I’ve already seen it.
Say what you like, but the truth is, if you aren’t growing you’re dying, and if it isn’t good for you, it’s bad for you.
...whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus… Colossians 3:17
I am incredibly thankful for the ministry opportunities that I have received through social media.
I am also incredibly grateful to you for the support you’ve given me through social media.
However, it is time for me to clean house. If you are posting anything contrary to God’s law and values, I love you, but I am unfollowing you.
Because if you are not growing in Christ you are dying, and if it isn’t nurturing your relationship with Christ it is tainting it.
I pray we never stop wincing at the unholy.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8