I don’t know about all of you, but lately social media has me bummed.
I used to think it kept me connected to the people I don’t see often, or the people I met and worked with in missions years ago… but if any of them really wanted to get a hold of me, they could do so by other means.
I truly am contemplating doing away with Facebook in particular. Why? A few reasons. It can waste a lot of time for one… and it may be a rumour, but I have heard that they censor stuff. I wouldn’t mind that if they censored the nasty stuff, but I don’t think that’s the case.
That’s one reason.
As a Christian, I find some of my Christian friends are reposting news that I have come to realize I don’t want to dwell on.
Don’t hear what I’m not saying. I don’t want to hide my head in the sand and not be aware of what’s happening in the world. I said I didn’t want to dwell on it.
So what do I want to dwell on?
Philippians 4:8 NKJV
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praise worthy—meditate on these things.
I used to read more of the links that people posted. I wanted to be aware.
But you know what? I think I’m aware enough. I know enough that I can pray. But I don’t want to know so much that I’m caught up in the darkness so much that I can’t see the light.
That’s right. It’s time to think, live, breath, speak LIGHT. Speak FAITH. Speak LIFE.
Proverbs 18:21 NKJV
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.
If you’re a friend of mine on Facebook, and you feel led by the Holy Spirit to be a voice and an activist, sharing with the world the things in the news people don’t really want to talk about. That’s cool. But I won’t be reading all of it.
I’m going to focus and meditate what is pure and of good report. Because that’s what Holy Spirit is talking to me about. He’s truly challenging me to build my faith. So I can’t read all you’re posting on Facebook.
And I implore you, for every nasty thing you read, pray over yourself, and make sure you are getting the Word of God in you. Make sure you aren’t dwelling on the darkness even as you expose it. Make sure you are called.
Lately I am overcome with the story of Smith Wigglesworth, how he wouldn’t even allow a newspaper in his home. He said it was filled with doubt. (I’m going from memory from my Bible School days, I’ll have to look up this reference.)
I do love social media in some ways. And I really hate it in others. You have to take everything with just a grain of salt that you hear and read.
But you know what you don’t have to censor? In fact, you CAN’T censor?
The Word of God. It has stood the test of time. For more than two thousand years it has stayed the same. It is more relevant than anything you will read today.
I’m tired of reading darkness, people. I want to read Light. My God says all things are possible. My Bible says faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God. You need to focus on light in order to be a light.
Although I use social media as a means of sharing my blog posts, I wondering if I really care that much any more? I love to write. But I don’t need social media (though, sure it helps) to do that.
I love it when I see scripture being posted. I love it when I come across God inspired encouragement. I even love coming across funny random posts that later I share with my husband and we both laugh.
God is calling activists and ordinary people to talk about things a lot of us don’t want to know about. But let’s make sure we aren’t focusing on the darkness so much that we can’t see hope anymore. That’s what was starting to happen for me.
But there is always hope. Because my God is BIGGER. My God is GREATER. He’s greater than whatever you are facing today. He’s bigger than a liberal government. Jesus died on the cross for you, me, our Prime Minister, my neighbours, He died for all of us. His love is that big.
As you scroll through your social media today, when you come across something that doesn’t speak faith… ask the Lord whether you really should open that link or not. Don’t read blindly. Don’t sow darkness into your mind and heart. Read with your armour on.
I encourage you to pray when you do read those things. Pray for righteousness to be lifted high. Pray for the light to grow bigger than the darkness. Don’t just sit there getting all discouraged & defeated. Jesus died so that we could have victory. He died so that we could live.
Speak life. Live faith. Don’t live defeated, church. Rise up, and shine for Jesus.
John 1:1-5 KVJV
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.