How Social Media Can Wreck Your Heart: the lies we buy.
“Fret not yourself because of evildoers;
be not envious of wrongdoers!” – Psalm 37:1
A picture posted on Instagram of happy and healthy friends sharing a great night out on a beautiful beach. As perfect as that person’s life may seem in a picture or two a week, we have to be mindful that social media isn’t half, or even a quarter of the story with a filter. No one is bored, lonely, depressed, struggling in their dating relationship or suffering on Instagram, Twitter, Path, Tumblr, Four Square or Facebook. But what do we know about social media? It’s reality in that the people are real, but it’s not the whole or even an eighth of the story. If everyone’s life was as perfect as it looks on instagram than consolers would be broke and crying would be in the rumored past.
When we look at lifestyle of friends from high school or college and then begin to covet, envy, lust or feel rivalry about their successful relationships, material wealth or prestige or whatever else. We are doing more than dreaming or thinking. We are forsaking our Savior. Suddenly, He is not enough. Whatever we covet (wanting something that isn’t ours in a jealousy format), we worship. We do odd stuff to get what we covet like lie, manipulate, hate, murder (Genesis 4) or bring divisions between friends. Sin gets weird fast.
Social media isn’t evil. It’s a lot of fun and good for the most part. Our hearts are the issue. We need to be mindful to not be ‘envious of wrongdoers’, but instead look at a perfect Savior in Christ. If the all powerful, all knowing God who created the universe loves you personally even counting out the hairs (Matthew 10:30) on your head…then who cares who has what materially or relationally? Do you feel social media envy? Best way out is worship Jesus to cease worship/coveting whatever it is for you. Let’s use social media to build closer friendship and have fun, but be mindful not to envy at the sometimes ‘false’ reality of social media.
Spend some time finishing Psalm 37 & some time reflecting on Jesus’ love in Romans 3.
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