Christian, does your Facebook page (all media) resemble the loveliness of Christ? Or has it become a show case of your sin and boastings of the flesh? Has your page become the place of mere pointing out the sins of this world, a world powerless to repent void of God’s Spirit? Or do you frame Christ as your central theme, your joy, your all in all, your all sufficient supply, making much of Him and His great and true and powerful grace? Has your facebook page become focused on the secondaries, the legalisms, the forgetfulness from where you have come?
We need be very careful for as we also see the glimpses of people’s life and profession of faith on media, so to they are viewing us. Obviously a still photograph, or simple meme does not tell the whole story of our life and faith, but over time and after continuous postings and continuous comments, the trends become apparent, not to us ourselves, but to the world. I call this simply the mirror of media. And because of this mirror, we who profess to be Christian need to be extremely careful as it would be better for us to have a millstone hung around our necks and drowned than to cause a little one to fall away from Christ. (Matthew 18:6).
Sadly, most Christians are displaying a focus void of Christ. The mirror of media stands ringing loud that Christ is not the centrality of the life we are professing. Inserting Scriptures or quotes here or there does not display the centrality and supremacy of Christ in one’s life when there are continuous posts about selfishness, sin, bar-hopping, premarital affairs and etc. (Let me be clear, as the apostle Paul already has been, grace, if true, is never an excuse to remain in continuous sin.) Now, if we desire not to use Facebook (and all media) for the purposes of God, then we ought to be clear. And if we are going to glorify Christ with such, then let us be clear in our focus and our boasting. Unfortunately, it appears that the great multitudes of professing believers, even sincere and earnest, are being led astray in their thoughts “from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:3)
This is evident by the continual postings and opinions about everything and yet so little boastings about knowing, walking and desiring more of Christ. For the central theme of our Facebook (media), and our boastings in life, is only but a small piece of a tip of a mighty ice-burg of the heart. We need, rather we must, truly examine ourselves (2 Corinthians 13:5); could it be that some of us are the church in Ephesus (Revelation 2:4[1-7]); could it be we are being deceived, thinking we are right, when indeed, even the most sincere, may be fulfilling Jesus’s prophecy in Matthew 7:21-23? Could it be we need to return to a right worship, a biblical worship, and the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ?
So let me ask, where has our eye been gazing? Where have our ears been tickled? What is our intimate deep down intentions of our heart regarding our motives? What are we cherishing? Let us beware, we cannot love the world and God – the do not mix; the world wars for our souls and is at bitter enmity with God.
Let us not be like the one who looks in the mirror forgetting what we see (James 1:22-24) and may we see the truth – the truth of just who this God of our is and the truth of who we are apart from Christ. How is the mirror of media in your life giving way to the true biblical glory of God?
Let us be resolved to boast, that is talk highly and much of, who God is, what He has done for us, and of His great love, grace and mercy. For the Christian to be a person to continually only talk of the sins of this world, and thereby live in them, is in itself lesser and even sin for some. Let us make much of Christ; for only in Him and this way, shall the blind be led to the light. If you are making much of secondaries, stop; boast of Christ and His sufferings and the cup He bore that was due us. Let Jeremiah 9:23-25 have its way with you. “O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.” Isaiah 25:1
Jeremy B. Strang
Christian. Husband. Father. Author.