Addressing my idols…
I have become the type of person who is so dependent upon the approval of others that there are times where I am almost crippled by the idea that people don’t really care about what is going on with me. I know that’s a strong statement and I know that its not true but it is in fact a great fear of my life that I deal with every day. As a result of that fear I have been sucked in to the current of the mighty river that is social media. I have accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, WordPress, and now Instagram. All of these are ways in which this generation has chosen to stay connected with each other. You can know everything about someone (even down to what they had for dinner last night) without ever having a conversation with them. You can keep up with the growth of families, engagements, weddings, life stages, everything!
But the grave truth is that we have now bred a culture with absolutely no social skills, and no REAL friendships. It is a false reality and is breeding a generation of depression and isolation. This is the reality that I myself am now facing. I feel increasingly hollow and I fear that I have lost the ability to really build relationships.
A few years ago I was a part of a co-ed small group that met once a week in someone’s home. I remember looking around the room at the circle that we had formed one evening and almost every single person, about 20 or so people, was looking down at their phones. Not one person was having a face to face conversation with anyone.
The relationships that are present in my life I have recently discovered have very little weight.
And this makes me very sad.
But this entry is not really even about the problems with social media. Its more personal than that. As I stated at the beginning, I have become so dependent upon these outlets that I now panic over them. I keep up with how many people visit my blog. I’m constantly checking to see if new people are following me on Twitter and then get upset when I realize that certain people still haven’t started following me.
Its madness! Its idolatry.
As I have mentioned in previous posts I have been reading through the Bible chronologically this year. In reading about the children ofIsraeland their relationship with God I have come to realize how much my life reflects that of the Israelites. God commanded them again and again to purge the idols out of their midst. Through reading about the idolatry of the Israelites in the Old Testament I have become acutely aware of the idols in my own life.
In response to these truths I feel it necessary to address this idolatry. I need to spend my time not dwelling on the lives and cares and opinions of others out of fear of being forgotten and looked over. No, my time needs to be spent discovering what God thinks of me, and what God is up to, and what God cares about.
I am suspending, for a time, all of my social media accounts. I am fasting from what seems to matter most in my life in order to gain what should matter most in my life. I will however still be available by phone, email, texting, and of course face to face.
I challenge everyone to try and recapture the act of building TRUE relationships. Meet up with someone for lunch, coffee, or even dinner. Make an effort to reconnect with people. Ask about their lives. Be involved. We are not intended to go through live alone.
We were created for fellowship.