It’s always a must that I start with the obligatory mandated statement that I am a nobody. I don’t have a huge following, nor do I write to gain public affirmation. This is simply a thought out shared on a paper from a Child of the King looking to better his walk. Now we can proceed.
1 John 2:15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.
24 days: That was how many days I was led to “unplug” from the Matrix of social media and news websites. I logged out of all social media networks, stayed away from all news on tv internet and YouTube video blogs and just made an attempt to better myself spiritually by not wasting time on the computer and phone every day.
My personal routine before that was to get up almost every morning get dressed, greet my family, go to the office and then log in to Facebook or Twitter and see what was going on in the world. I would look at a lot of the top trending videos on YouTube and then head to a few different news websites to do some independent research on which headline was true and what wasn’t true. If I felt like getting into some discussions on Facebook, I would scroll the timeline (waster) and pick some discussion to engage in. I might spend an hour going back and forth discussing trends that were seemingly important to the church and engaging friends, colleagues or even perceived enemies in conversation. Sometimes this would go on all day, mainly because I am self-employed and could comment in between radio, design or marketing work.
Note if you read this last paragraph correctly, you will notice I never once said that I had a routine that included me getting up and finding out WHAT GOD WANTED ME TO DO for that day. I plugged into the Matrix every day and followed the crowd.
Upon disconnecting for almost a month, I logged back in (somewhat reluctantly) to see exactly how the earth and all things breathing were getting along. After about 10 minutes, I became a little perplexed at my timeline. I began to notice a trend in the headlines and conversations amongst believers on my timeline that was there before my break, but it really glared and stood out now.
What I noticed was the major conversations on my timeline was dominated by Worldy Headlines and what could be considered mainly secular talking points. If it wasn’t the latest in Entertainment news, it was the constant affirming of individuals for their contributions to this world that had no direct effect on the body of Christ whatsoever. It was almost as if the church’s focus was to study, mimic and duplicate the world and try to emulate its success.
Because we run two small online radio stations our timelines are really filled with a lot of music videos, songs, and updates. I was able to learn more about the world’s artists news whereabouts and fashion trends from our praise and worship leaders, pastors and members then from those associated on my page who are not of the faith. Critique of vocal performances, outfits that slayed, and rapper beef were saturating most of my timeline.
Social and Political issues were no different. There were so many opinions about different issues, that in my humble opinion, scripture has been very clear on and has made clear on which side of the argument we should stand. (The side of the Bible, to be clear).