It’s been a few days that I’ve been “back on social media” and it almost feels wrong. I had two solid weeks of peace and separation from all things social media but decided to gradually start hopping back on yesterday. I’m not really looking at much on the timeline, I’m careful not to let constant inundation flood back into my world so soon. It was a random Thursday two weeks ago that I decided I had had enough. Unfortunately it was becoming cumbersome to read even the posts and statuses of some I respect or know personally. It seems to be no coincidence that at the same time that there seems to be a great wave where God is trying to elevate the faith of so many that the enemy is using what people SEE- the opposite of faith- on social media to distract them. I was talking to a woman at my church and I told her I feared we are in an age where people are using social media as their Bible. It’s the source of their devotions and influences. It’s where they seek to establish an identity instead of from God’s word. If the really popular award winning pastor says it and people reshare it all across your timeline, it becomes truth. We are being so fooled!!
Who do you find yourself quoting? Are you spreading just what you’ve heard quoted by others or do you quote what the word says? I know you see the posts- they aren’t scripture based or they’re all about responding to haters. And it gets 187 likes and multiple reposts and before you know it, we’ve become conditioned that shock and awe teaching is all that can move us. Most of what we spread is never based on scripture and even if it is, we remember the shouting moment, not what was supposed to be the basis of the shouting. We are so distracted by floods of opinions and insights that we neglect the One whose opinion we should seek first…and He doesn’t have an Instagram account.
We can’t find our identity in other people’s words. If you read our last post “Watch Your Words,” we discussed the importance of not letting the speech of people- or speech through tweets and posts- define who you are. And although social media can be an amazing tool, we cannot allow it to shape our views just because the person posting has thousands of followers. Every word we hear and see must be tried against the word of God to establish it’s validity (1 Thessalonians 5:19-22 MSG). In my case, I decided to take a social media break because in a time where I’m seeking God more than ever, I want to get my God from His word and from communicating with Him, not by reading timelines. I found myself scrolling down timelines anytime I was waiting or bored and getting more and more frustrated because there were too many voices and opinions, pretending and showing off all supposedly in the name of Jesus. Don’t be fooled, we are living in a time where identity has become obsolete. As much as people claim they’re their own person, so many people seem to just try to be a better or more stylish copy of the copy standing next to them. However we are called to be set apart and we can only be set apart from the masses when we identify ourselves with God. I totally recommend a social media break to anyone willing to try it. You will discover how much more free time and peace of mind you have; and you realize you’ll still survive even if you don’t know the world’s every breaking story the minute it happens. If taking a break isn’t your thing just remember that you can’t rely on social media as a definitive source for what you say, do, or even believe. Take social media for what it can be when used properly, a resource not THE source (Proverbs 2:6). If you take more time with God than those you follow, you’ll be able to identify what’s God and what’s being perpetuated as God in the name of popularity (John 10:27).