Today’s reading is Matthew 6.
“Beware of posting your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then your likes and retweets will be all the reward you get.”
Matthew 6:1–The Modern Application Bible
Okay, I admit it. I made up “The Modern Application Bible.” (At least, I Googled it and couldn’t find one.) But maybe that would be a good exercise for us. The desire to be authentic, real, and transparent in social media has really blinded us on this one. Truly, nobody cares what we had for dessert last night, but honestly, we would be better off putting that picture or another cat video up than the selfie of our volunteering, the Instagram of our good deeds, or the blog post about what we learned in our family Bible study. And, to be blunt, the whole, “I want people to see what God is doing through me,” is some powerful, mind-bending, mental gymnastics from our adversary whispered in our ear to deceive us. If God really wants people to see what He is accomplishing through us, let Him post about it. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills; if He needs PR, He probably won’t ask us (see Psalm 50:10-12). Trust me, when Jesus said not to let our left hand know what our right hand was doing, He didn’t mean to take your selfie one handed. Let’s do some soul-searching before we post. Maybe we should all ask, “If this post, tweet, snapshot is really about God, why is it so full of me?” Then, maybe we should delete and just wait for God to reward us in secret.
Tomorrow’s reading is Matthew 7.
A Word for Our Kids
Hey kids, I have no idea what the future holds for social media and online interaction over the next 20 or 30 years. Honestly, 15 years ago, I never in my wildest dreams envisioned Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Snapchat. Know this, whatever is coming has the potential to be powerfully used for good. But whatever is coming, Satan will try to subtly, and sometimes not so subtly, pervert its use for evil as I talked about with your parents above. Be careful. Our enemy is cunning, baffling, and powerful. With one hand he will cover our eyes to our sins while with the other he will lead us into sin, all while whispering in our ears that what we are doing right now is not what God was condemning. So, make use of whatever technology is coming, but do so cautiously and carefully. And maybe, just maybe, make sure to have a friend whom you will allow to honestly call you on the carpet when the friend thinks you might be crossing the line. We all need that friend.