Keeping Up With the Digital Joneses

Coming away from your device, do you feel better or worse? Keeping up with the digital Joneses, do you feel superior or inferior? It’s hard work, isn’t it? Pretending that everything is perfect.

Read most comment sections and you can see that our society is bending towards overt negativity. This should not surprise anyone who realizes we are nearing the end. The devil is gaining more and more territory. Take a peek at 2 Tim. 3:1-5 and see if anything sounds familiar.

The anonymity of the internet gives us all the false courage to show our true natures and they have proven to be quite snarky. I am generalizing, but you know what I mean.

What is the opposite of a rose? Dirt? I am just as guilty of viewing the world through dirt-colored glasses. Doesn’t seem very Christlike. I don’t suspect Jesus was much like that.

And it’s not the me He wants me to be.

There is only one solution: We’re all in the same sinking boat, we’re all in dire need of rescue, and there is only One with the power to save.

“For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,” – 1 Thes. 5:9

Only through faith in Jesus will we bend away from ourselves. Repent of your sins and turn towards your Heavenly Father. Then those glasses can be rose-colored because there is hope!



Are we becoming Gollum? But instead of a Ring, we are obsessed over a Phone? People everywhere are forever hunched over their phones. Caressing it. I can almost here them, “My precious…”

The average American spends 4 hours a day on the phone. We touch our phone 80+ times a day. Let’s call it what it is: ADDICTION. We are device junkies. I say, we, because I put myself squarely in the middle of this mess. I am equally enslaved. A modern take on Luke 16:13 might be: “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other. You cannot serve God and your iPhone.”

I am not a luddite. I’m not saying we throw our devices into the fires of Mordor. I’m just asking you to ask yourself: Does my device control me or do I control my device?

Quick test: put your phone in a drawer and leave it there for one day. Try to leave your house without it! Can you do it? I know exactly what you’re thinking: “What if there’s an accident or emergency?” You’ll be ok. If there’s an accident, someone will have a phone. It may even be the reason there was an accident in the first place.

It’s not the device. The device is neutral. “For the love of devices is the root of all evil” (sorta 1 Tim. 6:10). Its what we do with our gadgets that matters. I am using mine right now and hopefully for good. However, if its taking the place of God in our lives, then we need to step back and reframe. Do we use it or love it? Are we using it to be a positive force or a negative one? “Let your texts be always full of grace” (quasi-Col. 4:6) or “Let no unwholesome tweet come out of your devices, but only what is helpful for building up the one in need and bringing grace to those who follow you.” (Eph. 4:29-ish)

The devil is tickled pink about all this. Every second we spend on the phone is less time engaging others with the Gospel. He loves to distract us with shiny things. We are such easy targets. Its hard to be agents of reconciliation with our heads buried deep in self-made comfort bubbles. Its impossible to be effective Ambassadors if we can’t look up from our gadgets!

Gut check: place a pad of paper next to your phone. Every time you touch it, make a checkmark. Note the times you are on it. Then make a column and do the same thing with your Bible or prayer. Don’t get all legalistic about this and try to earn God’s love. We are motivated by Grace not guilt.

The first step is admitting there is a problem. We got a BIG problem here. And worse: What kind of future are we creating?

We’re not full-on Gollum yet. But its coming. There’s still some Sméagol in all of us. I hope.


Social Media: The New Bible

bowing before technology

Charles Spurgeon said that “Newspapers are the Bibles of worldlings! How diligently they read them! Here they find their law & profits, their judges & chronicles, their epistles & revelations!”

I trust the Prince of Preachers would indulge me just a minor update: “Social Media is the Bible of worldlings!”

Not much has changed in 2000 years. Paul basically said the same thing to the church at Colossae:

Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. – Col. 2:8

Paul said bowing before anything other than Christ is cheating you. This is the only occurence of that Greek word. It has several implications such as someone plundering & taking captive and making a victim by fraud. But here is the most literal translation (and the most chilling): “to carry off like a predator with its prey!” Bowing before anything other than Jesus is carrying you off like a viscous predator. What are you bowing before?

Social Media is fine as long as we are not neglecting time in God’s Word. Is this ratio out of balance? I know its harder and harder to fit all that we have going on in, but – FIGHT FOR THAT TIME! Make it a priority. Maybe something needs to go. What’s it going to be? What’s most important? If this were your final day, how would you spend it? Scrolling through Facebook?

Time spent with the Lord is never wasted. His Word heals & delivers us (Psa. 107:20). Don’t know where to begin reading the Bible? Start with the Gospels (it introduces you immediately to Christ).

Please don’t give up that precious time to see what someone else had for dinner.

Where are you getting your news? Which is your Bible: the actual Word of God or the internet?

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Read Something Else

Read Something Else TodayBy the time you’re done reading this sentence, you may feel convicted. Leave this page and go to the real page. Read something worth reading today.

All the rest of this stuff is just filler.

Get into The Word today!

You can read 1 John in three minutes. I’ll time you. Go!

God Bless!