I think the social networking sights are a wonderful invention- to a point. I have one, I am on Facebook for this ministry and also as just “me.” I use these tools to connect with people all over the world and they open up ministry and friendship opportunities that would have otherwise been impossible.
Most of us adults know that there is certainly a dark and evil side to these kind of sites as well. For every “good” user there are the trolls and the pedophiles and stalkers. There is also a whole heck of a lot of ordinary old sin being revealed on them.
I say this after perusing the pages of several people, many of whom claim Christ as their Savior and Lord. I found no trolls or pedophiles there, but I was saddened and surprised at the blatant sin and debauchery I found there! This has caused such righteous indignation to rise up in my heart that I had to address it today.
Scripture is very clear, dear Friends,
Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. Ephesians 5:4
I see plenty of all of the above on my social networking sites. What unbelievers do- that is their way. Because the eyes of their hearts are dark and dead they have no ability to really understand that what they are doing and saying is sinful and wrong. There is no moral compass within them! (Romans 1:18-28; Ephesians 2)
But YOU, Christian! Enlightened and indwelt by the Holy Spirit of the Living God! What business have you posting pictures of girl on girl kissing, bragging about your drinking parties, using filthy and foul language, boasting of your most recent sexual conquest or lyrics from your favorite new ungodly rap song? Is God glorified by such trash? How can you name the name of Christ and claim to be a Christian and live in such a manner? Have you no conscience? Is there not a scrap of conviction in your soul?
I am not your judge, I do not know your heart which is why I ask the questions I do for it seems to me that one indwelt by such love and righteousness, grace and truth could not conduct themselves in such unrighteousness and unholiness.
You have been called to be set apart! Where is your “set-apart-ness?” Do you not realize that when you dress like the world, talk like the world, act like the world, you are truly OF the world?
And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments. If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth. But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did. 1 John 2:3-6
Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 1 John 2:15-16
Does your life and how you live it reveal your love of God? Indeed it does, it reveals whether you truly love and honor God or yourself. Think about it.