Sunday, October 30, 2016

Wasting Precious Time

Study the Word? Please! We'd rather be MySpace-in'
Spendin' a thousand hours just fixin' up our pages.
With that same dedication that you give your computer,
Why don't you spend it with the Lion of Judah?
—CHRIS
The sad commentary on modern North American Christianity, if it can even be called that, is that professing Christians would rather be spending hours upon hours playing with their ridiculous social websites instead of spending time with God; praying or reading God's Word—let alone even studying it.
"When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the Earth?" Luke 18:8
People are more dedicated to their pathetic social websites, such as MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, etc., than they are to the Creator and Saviour of the universe. It shows you with crystal clear clarity as to who their god really is—themselves.

Take Facebook, for example. With all the information from other pages that appears on your "Wall," as well as people's comments on it, and with people's comments on your photos, your videos, and anything else you upload or post, just to read all of that and to respond to any significant amount of it, wastes so many precious hours. These sites are designed to be time wasters. People are addicted to them. They start looking at one thing and that leads them to another thing and to another thing and to another thing, and pretty soon you have waste several hours that you could have been doing better things with. Like reading the Bible, praying, studying the Bible, or even fellowship with other believers.

People lie to themselves and others by telling them that they do not have enough time in the day to read the Bible, pray, or even study the Bible. Here's a thought: Stop wasting countless precious hours at the computer feeding your vanity!

Are you aware that many young women (even several older women) base their self-worth on the validation of others and other people's opinions of the stuff they upload? They will upload photos to their profile and if they do not get a certain number of "Likes," they remove that photo. Their vanity is fed by the validation of others and other people's opinions. There are guys that do the same thing. It is extremely sad. What is even more sad is that most these people are looking for their 15 minutes of fame and think they are the most important thing on the face of this planet.

Years ago, when I had Facebook (for about 6 months to 1 year), I had every option under Privacy Settings turned off. All you could do, if I allowed you to see my content, was "Look, but don't touch!" Then Facebook changed their Privacy Settings so I no longer had control over my content. People were now able to "Like" and comment on stuff I uploaded, and even link people in my photos to existing profiles. All of which I had blocked prior. As soon as Facebook removed my control over what people could or could not do to the content I uploaded, I permanently deleted my account. I was not having other people deface my page, I was not having other people associate my photos with other people's pages that might contain unacceptable content, and I was not interested in other people's opinions on the stuff I uploaded or posted.

Other than this blog, I have nothing to do with any social website. They are useless, worthless, and God-less. If you look at the profiles of many professing Christians on these sites, they reveal the type of person they truly are, both in the content they upload (such as photos) and the things they write. They pretend to be one way in church and when among other Christians, but their profiles reveal them to be hypocrites and frauds.

You are not the best thing since sliced bread. You are not the most important person on the face of this planet. The universe does not revolve around you. Nobody cares what you do every 5 minutes (for you self-centered goofs on Twitter and the like who feel the need to frequently post "Updates" and tell everyone everything you do or everything that happens to you at every given moment). Nobody cares about your vanity because they are busy trying to feed their own vanity, so stop trying to seek validation of your self-worth from other people's opinions. Grow up already and leave childish things behind!

If you are truly a Christian, prove it. Let us see your hunger for the Word of God. Let us see your thirst for righteousness. Let us see you are a Christian by your love and your good works. Spend time in prayer with the One you profess to be your Saviour, communing with Him. Spend time in His Word, saturating your mind with His truths, expanding your knowledge, and getting to know more of Him. Spend more time in fellowship with other believers, encouraging each other and spurring each other on by allowing iron to sharpen iron. Study His Word so that you may be able to give an answer at any moment. If you honestly love Jesus, then prove it. When you spend little time with Him and all your time preening your social profiles, it screams loud and clear that you have no love for Jesus and that He is not that important to you. "Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also" (Matt. 6:21; Luke 12:34).