Have you ever considered replacing the most important meals of your day, with junk food?
Imagine. Instead of eating a wonderful plate of bacon, eggs, and pancakes for breakfast—you have a bowl of M&M’s and a side of brownies. And for dinner, instead of eating some delicious green chicken enchiladas and a side of Spanish rice, you serve yourself a scrumptious bowl of rocky road ice cream. Maybe at first, for you junk food eaters, it may sound enticing. But I don’t think you could realistically sustain that type of diet.
Well, this is what people do spiritually when they replace a daily serving of God’s profound and meaty Word with imitation encouragement they find on social media.
How many of you are guilty of having stopped diving into the scriptures and become completely dependent on social media sites such as Instagram for your daily spiritual meals?
If that is you, then you have officially joined the Church of Instagram.
Now don’t get me wrong. I enjoy skimming through the pages of Instagram posts—to find humorous memes and funny pictures. I have even found a variety of Christian sites that provide simple scriptures and encouraging posts that I myself have actually re-posted.
But it is so easy to get sucked into the Church of Instagram; and believe ALL the positive affirmation posts that tickle our ears and make our hearts momentarily happy. But the reality is, these Instagram posts are not only misleading but not scriptural. We conveniently “like” posts that affirm our situations, instead of accepting responsibility for our wrongs and accepting need for correction. We “like” posts that encourage pride, self love, and and self-righteousness, instead of choosing the path of conviction through scripture that produces humility and softness. You see, the Bible says that “All Scripture…is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training…” In other words, the Word of God is written in a way that is suppose to change us. It should challenge our faith, and it should battle our thinking, and move us to modify our life style choices and decisions.
So consider the next time you see a post that says,
“Do what makes you happy…”
“Never apologize for how you feel…”
“Remove all the negative thoughts in your mind and replace them with positivity…”
These posts are all lies. They are convenient positive affirmations that do nothing to help you grow, or learn, let alone change. Instead they perpetuate pride, malice, bitterness, and anger.
It is so important to evaluate the things that are feeding our souls; and I am encouraging you to turn off social media, spend less time on Instagram, and instead of posting selfie, after selfie, after selfie—Why don’t try to return to that place where you just humble yourself before God’s Word, and listen to what God has to say to your life. That place where we can agree to accept responsibility for our actions, and ask God to truly change our hearts. Let God’s word be that “…lamp to my feet” and a light down the path of your life. (Psalms 119:105).
Guard what feeds your heart and mind.
Be protective of your daily spiritual meals.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart” (Proverbs 3:5) and do not lean on INSTAGRAM .