This time has catapulted us to an even more digital, connected, and tech-savvy world. The words AI (artificial intelligence), AR (augmented reality), and 5G (lightning-speed data and information at our fingertips) are becoming household names and will soon be a part of daily life.
Furthermore, the use of social media is at an all-time high. This can be a good thing. Our church has utilized YouTube, Instagram, and Zoom to keep us connected, to provide accountability, and to challenge and encourage God’s people. However, the world at our fingertips is also a double-edged sword. While there is much good, there are also information and philosophies that can be very, very dangerous.
I’d like to encourage, and even plead with God’s people—let’s tread these waters very cautiously. Proverbs 4:26 tells us to “Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.” If we are going to successfully navigate these waters, we cannot simply follow wherever the next click or the next tap takes us. We must ponder that path.
The issue with so much available media is that there are so many philosophies, doctrines, and rudiments of this world (Colossians 2:8) even in Christian circles that are great in theory, but dangerous in reality. They’re great in a sound bite, but horrible in application. The ride looks great, but the destination isn’t what we’re looking for. And so many who do not have the experience, credentials, or business influencing us, can do so because of their media and communication skills.
Hebrews 13:7 says, “Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.” When I consider whom to like, watch, listen to, or follow, I need to consider the end of their conversation. Is the fruit of their life, family, and doctrine, what I want in my life, and for my children? Do they even have fruit for us to measure them by? If not, we’d do well to take caution.
I’m thankful for our church, and the media we have available. We look forward to recording videos, writing devotionals, and being connected online. While we use these things for good and for God, let’s be careful of unintended consequences for ourselves, and especially for our children. Let’s ponder the paths that we’re taking, so that all of our ways might be established.
God bless, and have a great week.
As children of God, we need to examine ourselves constantly to make sure our love is still devoted to Him.
Our willingness to humbly take correction and instruction is a pathway for wisdom.