When someone adopts a popular point of view for the primary purpose of recognition and/or acceptance by others.
It’s always interesting to me just how many people claim to be passionate about so many different things. They believe in Christ, are against abortion, against pollution, in support of saving wildlife, etc., yet not once have these individuals left their computers, smartphones, long enough to actually participate in any of the things they “support/oppose.”
I watched the live feed from Passion 2013 recently and it was amazing how great many of the teachings were. What I was more amazed at…was how many people could tweet a whole sentence and then miss an even greater piece of truth just seconds later. SO many people were tweeting rather than paying attention to the word of God being shared in a dome of 60,000 students.
On Facebook we see so many status updates and “pages” being “liked” or commented on. Let me go ahead and just say it: a million Facebook likes are not going to save a kid’s life, stop pollution, change political stances, elect a president….you get the idea.
ACTIONS will change all of the aforementioned things. An actual doctor can save a kid, people that use clean energy can prevent pollution, those that actually vote can elect a president.
In the age of
Anti-Social Media, we are so quick to jump on every good idea that we see posted on the Internet, even when it comes to Christ and His Word. When Jesus said He wanted followers…He didn’t mean on Twitter.
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.” (James 1:22-25 ESV)
Scripture clearly tells us that hearing, or just jumping on bandwagons, isn’t doing the work of God. Are we not doing exactly what James warned about? We go to conferences and events where we are emotionally moved to support a cause and then tweet about it, yet the moment we leave…the moment we turn from the mirror, which is God’s Word, we forget who we are and begin blending back in to our surroundings.
The Word tells us that we are new creatures in Christ and that means we are supposed to stand out, supposed to feel out of place on this earth, and while we aren’t supposed to save the physical world, we ARE supposed to live in it. We are supposed to know that we belong to the King of the universe and that when Facebook and Twitter pass away, His Word will still be standing.
So here’s the challenge to all of us that belong to Christ:
While Twitter and Facebook are great tools for sharing information, don’t let them take the place of actual obedience to God’s Word. Bible verses aren’t meant to be posted, tweeted, or tattooed….they’re meant to be LIVED OUT.
Look like Christians.
Don’t just talk like one.