Social media is an amazing phenomenon in our day. It is a blessing to be able to keep up with family, friends, and acquaintances from all over the world. Without any research, I can confidently say that the current generation of young people are the most photographed and videoed generation in the history of mankind. These are interesting times.
It is said, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Selfies however, don’t tell much of a story. We like our pictures to be flattering, so we take (and retake) a picture from our ‘best side’ (and add some filtering or editing to remove the unflattering parts if necessary). Social media doesn’t fill in too many of the gaps in our life stories either. We don’t mind sharing the good things that happen in our lives. But the unsavory things, they seem like cries for attention rather than open and honest updates. With social media, we control the story of ourselves. We are our own publicist, determining how we want the world to perceive us. It certainly is an interesting time that we live in.
Social media is helpful in putting a name to a face and knowing some general details about a person, but woefully insufficient in getting to know a person well enough to care for them as the Lord Jesus Christ has commanded us to do. “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12, ESV)
Life is messy. Behind every picture or social media posting is a person. And every person is a compilation of many a story, interwoven into a life story. For the Christian there are stories of God’s redemptive grace. Stories of God’s sanctifying grace in troublesome times. Stories of current struggles, temptations, and trials that we simply won’t understand on this side of Heaven. We all have them. And God has given us one another to help in life’s difficulties as He molds us into the image of our Savior. We are to “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2, ESV).
Go beyond the superficial and invest yourself in the lives of others. God has equipped you for just such a purpose. You are capable!
“To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” (1 Corinthians 12:7, ESV)
Further Reading: 1Cor. 12.1-27; Gal. 5:13-15; Col. 3:12-16
David Harris is the Senior Pastor at Faith Baptist Church. A former programmer, in his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife Kim and trying his hand at the illusive craft of smoking meat.