“Pastor, I was getting addicted to social media, so I removed all the social media applications on my phone. I don’t want my spirit man to get corrupted”
Oh wow! I guess heaven must be proud of you right now. The fact that you are heaven-conscious makes you a good Christian. However, you may need to re-install all those applications on your phone and deal with the lust of the eyes in a more matured way.
The bible already prepared our mind towards the kind of things to expect in this world, let’s see how scriptures put it:
1 John 2:
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love 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 pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
Did you see that? The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. Those are three major strategies that the devil uses to weaken Christians and lure them into sin. So if you sit down on Tiktok and Instagram all day – watching things that aren’t really adding any spiritual value to you, lust in working in you. And the reason why that lust is able to work in you is simply because you love the world. Yeah, you may argue that you don’t love the world, but you can’t love God and still be lusting after worldly things.
None of these social media platforms are evil. While there are people who use it to propagate the works of the devil, there are also people who use it to promote the works of the kingdom. All you needed to do was to filter what comes to your feed. The software may recommend, but it’s left to you to discipline yourself to only feed on what you need. Just because they served lime juice in a buffet doesn’t mean you have to drink it. In a buffet, you feed on what you need and leave the rest. That’s how you should treat the news feed on your social media platforms.
If we all uninstall social media on our phones, then Satan’s agenda to rule the world would become easier to accomplish. Think about it, a few years ago believers didn’t want anything to do with politics and political parties because they felt it would corrupt their Christian faith. Yet, it is the same political parties that decide the fate of the nation where Christians live. Now Christians are doing all they can to participate in politics just to change the situation in the country. Imagine if they had always been part of it?
I think many believers misunderstood Jesus when he said, “If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out…”. Jesus simply meant that we should seperate ourselves from anything that forces us to sin. For instance, if your boss forces you to do something wrong, you can resign. If your husband wants you to commit adultery, you can divorce him. Seperate yourself from anything that “forces” you to sin. So if it’s not a force, then you still have some level of control.
This misconception has really affected the body of Christ. Believers have left their jobs to become jobless only because their boss was doing something bad. As long as he didn’t force you to do the evil with him, then you still have a chance to manifest the kingdom of God in that office. I’ve worked with an organization where my head of department steals from the company on a regular basis, and even though I knew, I just kept praying for a revival in that company. It wasn’t long before we began to hold a Christian fellowship there and even my head of department changed his character.
Let’s be careful how we seperate from certain things so that we don’t thwart God’s purpose. I recently heard that two gospel singers had a misunderstanding and both of them unfollowed each other on Instagram, as much as I don’t want to judge them, that action falls between the lust of the flesh and the pride of life. If you love God, then you’d love your brethren. And if you love your brethren, you won’t unfollow him or her, no matter what. God’s kind of love is unconditional. Now the news is making a trend, and you can only imagine what the people of the world are saying about it.
If all you want to do is make heaven, then this idea of seperation from worldly things is good; but if you want to make an impact in this world, then you’d need to occupy a space in the world. Don’t just be holy till Jesus comes, occupy till he comes.
I hope this has brought enlightenment to someone.
Remain ever blessed, in Jesus precious name!