Social Media is a modern driver of societal thought. I used to like social media when it was social. I caught up with a lot of friends and family I never had much contact with.
But once lots of people got on Facebook, it turned into a bragging, share every thought in your head, popularity contest.
People, in general, are lazy bums. There are a few personality types who are workaholics, but the majority of humanity defers to laziness. We remain at rest until acted upon by an outside force.
Lazy people become sensitive people. When you know you’re not doing anything, you become defensive. You want to maintain appearances while doing nothing.
Facebook is filled with hyper-sensitivity and people’s faces doing awesome things. Every church event is posted, every Bible Study, every theological insight, every proof that we’re doing something, is immediately up there so everyone will approve of our awesome so we can spend the rest of the day sitting and waiting for the applause.
People who have to tell you they are doing something are insecure. They know you wouldn’t know what they were doing unless they told you. For some reason, they need human applause. What’s the point of doing anything if no one sees it? It’s the neglected falling tree in the forest that no one hears. Poor thing.
When Jesus Christ was on earth this is what He said and what He acted on:
“I receive not honour from men.” He also said, “that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.”
That wasn’t just an observation of a truth; that was the underlying mindset of His life.
Jesus Christ had one motivation in life: do the will of His Father. He lived to get honor from His Father, not from people. Even when He did things worthy of honor and people applauded Him, He immediately told them to be quiet.
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. He humbly served His Father. The only opinion that mattered to Christ was His Father’s. Go and do likewise.
It’s why Jesus Christ spent time in the Sermon on the Mount telling people to pray in their closets, to give without letting the left hand know what the right was doing, and when you fast to look ridiculously healthy so no one would know it.
Much of your faith should be between you and God. If you need others to congratulate your faith, you aint doing faith.
Social Media encourages irresponsibility (appearances over actions) and leads people to care way too much about what others think.
If you can’t serve God in isolation and silence, then ask yourself if you have ever served God. We’re not to be men-pleasers doing eye-service, but to be servants of Jesus Christ.
“Hast thou faith? Have it to yourself before God” are some of the most beautiful words of the Apostle Paul.
We all stand before God and will give an account of everything we say and do. Live like that’s true. Stop worrying about whether people approve or notice or even care. Grow into Chris and do the right thing.
(AUTHOR’S NOTE: I am not telling you not to be on Facebook. I do not care if you are on Facebook. I do not want to hear all the reasons why you are on Facebook. What I do with Facebook matters none at all. I’m more concerned with faith. My issue may not be your issue. Consider your faith and why you do what you do is the point.)