If you have read or listened to many Christian blogs or periscopes recently (and just for the record, I have both!), you may be filled with a lot of Christian fluff. This tech savvy world we live in has drawn in the younger (and older) generation. They are on social media…a lot. It is great entertainment!
But apparently it is more than that. I found this quote when researching this issue:
…user-generated content shapes millennials’ lives more than any other form of media. Information gathered through user-generated content is trusted 40 percent more than information from other media – including newspapers and magazines. Millennials also find user-generated content 30 percent more memorable than other sources.
User-generated….social media like facebook, blogs, twitter, etc. Information posted by the general public. Not news broadcasting organizations or trusted reliable factual sources…user generated.
The Word of God is our only source of absolute truth. The answers to ALL of life’s issues, problems, blessings, and struggles are found in God’s Word. There is no fast track to deep faith. No magic list of ten steps to righteousness. No worldly wisdom or counsel that will guide you into the abundant life that Jesus came to give to you.
I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. (John 10:9-11 ESV)
I remember hearing one time that television was created to sell soap.
So what does that have to do with the price of tea in China? Well, it is all a marketing game to get your dollar! Seriously. There are advertisements EVERYWHERE. And just for fun, let’s set aside the obvious ads on a site and think about the site content. The majority of it is about self-promotion or maybe just promotion of “their” ministry. Sugar coated bits of God’s word that are easy to swallow and delightful to the taste. But are they life changing? Jesus didn’t play around. He wasn’t selling anything. He gently and lovingly revealed people’s sins and then told them to go and sin no more. He didn’t ever sugar coat sin in people’s lives. He loves us too much for that kind of waste of time.
Many blogs and sites are established with the hopes of earning some money and building a name for themselves. The Word of God is offensive. It reveals our sin to us and demands that we choose – stay in our sin which leads to death, or confess it, repent, and allow Jesus to guide us into all righteousness. Test what you are reading and listening to. Is it meant to make you feel good or to hit you at the core to draw you closer to God? Are they promoting God or themselves or some product or service?
Test everything beloved. If after a year of your social media feast, you are not changed or walking closer with Jesus in your daily life, you may want to question why that is. If you spend less than half of that time just reading, studying, memorizing God’s Holy Word, I promise you, you will be changed for better.
Do NOT allow satan to deceive you in this. Spend your time wisely. Get in God’s Word – the answers are there! The days are evil. We are getting closer and closer to the return of Jesus Christ. Wake up. Be ready. Fill your lamps! Be encouraged. Press on!
But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. (Ephesians 5:13-17 ESV)