Expressing Your Beliefs
|We Share our Beliefs In Many Ways:
On a subconscious level we believe that we are the “Masters of our own domain” and the preeminent “experts” on all things “Me”. We know what we want, and we know when and how we want it. We have lived our own lives long enough that we believe we know how it should work, and we are the center of our world, and nothing works properly without our input.
Because we are the masters of our own world we also believe that “If it’s good enough for me, it must also be good for everyone else as well.” So we share what we believe with others, even if it’s not very well thought out. After all, look at our digital age and the success of such popular social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter & Blogging.
We blog, post, share, and tweet everything that we love, think and feel. We click on the “like” button of life to constantly express our our likes with others. We are constantly broadcasting and expressing ourselves to the world around us as if we are looking for their approval in what we have to say.
|Luke 20:46 “Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts||Romans 12:16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.|
The basic human desire to share what we believe is so strong that it is almost impossible to stop people from doing it. Just turn on the television and radio and in seconds you will see what I mean. From the songs you hear, to the views, attitudes and fashions you see, you will be bombarded by a constant stream of broadcasts designed to condition and influence consumer behavior with what the advertiser believes you should want and need from them, and the advertisers will claim it will improve your life and make you more acceptable to the popular beliefs of others… and it works!
|Mark 8:36 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? 37 Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?|
|Ezra 7:18 And whatever seems good to you and your brethren to do with the rest of the silver and the gold, do it according to the will of yourGod.|
Just how much money and effort is spent on influencing and conforming us into a like-minded consumer based society? In 2008 the big tobacco companies spent over $9.94 billion in advertising in the US alone. That is only one example of the millions of other consumer based products available to us each day. What if we look at the success of a financial giant like Facebook, with an estimated worth of $50 billion. Facebook does not manufacture anything. It has no product that you can touch. There is no shipping available. It is a social media and all it does is give you a place to express yourself. It is not like any other big corporation because it manufactures nothing and employs no assembly line workers. It doesn’t even seem to need to advertise like other companies do, since we seem to do that for them. Our desire to share with others is so great that we promote Facebook to our friends and families so we can share our lives with them online.
How does Facebook make its money? Well each of those little ads you see online are specifically selected from millions of advertisers to influence you. The ads you see are selected for you, based on your stats and online viewing habits. Advertisers love the specific target audience they get by having a venue that knows their viewers intimately, and is viewed by more people than any other website in the world. You don’t make $50 billion unless you appeal to the desires of a massive audience and give them exactly what they want most. And what is it that we want most? A voice and validation.
|Luke 12:30 For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things.|
The main theme in Facebook is the ability to “Like” a post that someone shares and the ability to connect with “Friends”. Just look at the number of online “Friends” you have, and how excited you get when someone clicks “like” to one of your posts. The greater the number of “friends” you have the more your beliefs are being heard and the greater the chance that someone else will “Like” what you have to say. And the more people that “like” what you have to say the more validated you feel in what you believe, thus making you feel accepted by others, and confirming that your beliefs are correct by popular standards. After all, this is all about grooming you into a consumer based society with endless consumption needs. By fitting into a standard of others you will need to have what others have to be like them.
|2 Corinthians 8:12 For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have.|
Do you remember the city of Gomorrah in the Bible? No, I am not comparing Facebook to Gomorrah. Facebook is simply a tool for expressing our likes with others. But it fills a unique human social need. We are a very insecure people and we are always scrambling to find our place in the pecking order in life. The higher you are on the top of the food chain the safer your world feels, and the more likely you are to get what you want. By having a medium like Facebook we find a place to fit in with like-minded individuals and it creates a sense of community that you can’t find in the real world. This community is mostly an illusion of “friends” but it “likes” what you have to say and it assures you that you belong with them.
So why would I compare Facebook to one of the fallen cities of sin that God wiped from the face of the Earth? Because it shows our need to assemble as a unit of like-minded individuals, and it shows our need to heap into a system of order that manipulates our desires to be like everyone else. At our core we crave to belong, and unfortunately we tend to make ourselves slaves to the image of men, and not to conform into the image of God.
| Gomorrah = “submersion”
Submersion into the consumptions of sin
`Amorah (am-o-raw’) n/l.
1. a (ruined) heap, of iniquity
2. Amorah, a place in Israel, the twin-city in evil with Sodom, both destroyed in judgment by God with fire from heaven
`amar (aw-mar’) v.
1. to gather (properly) apparently to heap,
2. to manipulate, deal tyrannically with (figuratively) to chastise (as if piling blows) to treat as a slave
3. specifically (as denominative from H6016) to bind sheaves, to gather grain
[a primitive root]
KJV: bind sheaves, make merchandise of.
See also: H6016
`omer (o’-mer) n-m.
1. (properly) a heap, i.e. a sheaf
2. also an omer, as a dry measure
KJV: omer, sheaf.
So next time you go online, please keep in mind, that the endless need to connect and consume is a sign of a dependency to the desires of men, and possibly a growing wedge between you and God. After all, what you feed your head is often what you hunger for the most, and if you hunger for acceptance and attention, maybe you have lost who are and you are trying to find it in the approval of someone else. But, you can’t fill an empty void inside with empty time consuming things.
I am not saying sharing is a bad thing, in fact it can be a very healthy and good thing, but oversharing is a warning sign that something has gone horribly wrong in your spiritual life. So reevaluate what exactly it is that’s so important that you need to share it with everyone and not just a close personal friend. I also encourage you not to only share with your online “friends” but with real ones. Real friends take time and make efforts to be there in person, and to share in more than what is fun and popular. If you like someone, this means you learn to like what they like too, or at least try to appreciate the things that they like. Share their experiences with them in person, and not just click on a button and move on. After all, if it is important to them it should be important to you too… because they are important to you.
Life is often ugly, painful and it leaves a wake of misery in its path, and not all these things are fun or pretty. People need you to give them your time and your effort, and they need your real love, not your fake “likes”. Besides, there are also still some things that are only between you and your God.
|Matthew 6:3 But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing|
|John 14:17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.|
|Matthew 6:6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.|
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