In recent days, my heart has become increasingly burdened by what I have read on social media sites. Recent posts have caused me to have a love-hate relationship with this thing called the internet.
Is the Church today really this carnal or has the social craze only revealed the lack of biblical astuteness among those that attend our churches? Maybe my daddy was right when he would often say “it is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.” I was grown before I learned that this was not just some home spun wisdom but scripture found in Proverbs 17:28 which says,
“Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.”
Here is the issue as I see it. Are Christians quoting and living according to movies, music and magazines more and more than the Master? When we saturate ourselves in a worldview does it help or hinder us from setting our minds on Christ? The danger is that as we indulge in these things beyond entertainment and begin to allow them to shape our philosophy, theology and doctrine, our Christ-view turns into a worldview which become a Christ-less view.
As I read those things we, as “Christians” like, comment on and reply to and even some of the things we post ourselves, it is apparent that we have become Christ-less in our thinking, Christ-less in our actions, and Christ-less in our talk. Whenever our priorities are out of order and we allow the worldview to eclipse our Christ-view we are facing a great decline.
As Christians, we are to love what He loves, we must hate what he hates, and we must enjoy what He enjoys. Colossians 3:1-5 says, If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
That's a lot to take in, isn't it? But, as we stand here on the cusp of this social media thing that isn’t going away, it may do us well to take a good, hard look at our lives, the way we walk, talk and think regarding walking with the Lord. The Apostle Paul asks three questions in these verses:
Are there some things in your life that need to be Retained? Does your focus need to be adjusted?
Are there some things in your life that need to be Released? Do you need to lay down some of the things mentioned in this message?
Are there some things in your life that need to be Remembered? Do you need to take a trip down memory lane and nail a few things down today?
Don’t allow movies, music, magazines or even man to shape the way you live, think, act and talk, instead allow God’s Word to give you a Christ-view not a world-view.