Gæst post fra Jessica Barefield
Lad mig starte med at give en erklæring om ansvarsfraskrivelse. Denne artikel handler ikke om, hvordan det onde sociale medier er. Bruges med måde, med den rette hjerte kropsholdning, det kan være en vidunderlig ting. Pointen med denne artikel er at påpege nogle måder, at sociale medier kan være en faldgrube for det kristne liv og til at opfordre dig til at undersøge dit hjerte, når det kommer til din sociale medieforbrug og deltagelse. Disse er fem måder at sociale medier kan fodre vores syndige lyster.
1. Sociale medier kan spilde din tid
Det er ikke noget, vi ikke har hørt før, men det er værd at gentage. Vi bliver mindet i Efeserbrevet 5:16-17 at dagene er onde, og vi bør gøre den bedste brug af den tid givet til os. Overvej et øjeblik, hvad du kunne gøre i stedet for at kontrollere alle disse websteder. Mens vi venter på en aftale, vi kunne holde en liste over personer til at bede for på vores telefon og tilbringe de ekstra minutter i bøn for vores familie og venner. Så gerne, på et eller andet tidspunkt, vi er alle skyldige i at bruge timer på Facebook i dag og aldrig åbne Guds ord. Da hvert øjeblik er en gave fra Herren, det er værd at spørge dig selv, "Er der noget mere værd, at jeg kunne bruge min tid på?" Det meste af tiden, svaret er sandsynligvis ja.
2. Sociale medier giver en platform til din hver tanke
Jeg tror, at solidaritet udstationering på sociale medier kan narre dig til at tro det er OK at skrive næsten alt. Vi klager, vi anonymt bash mennesker, vi ikke respekterer folk i myndighed, og vi siger, hvad vi mener om berømtheder, som om de ikke var rigtige mennesker. Og vi tror, vi ikke virkelig nødt til at svare for nogen af det. Lad dig ikke narre af privatlivets fred for dit værelse lige nu-der vil være noget privat, når vi står foran den levende Gud og redegøre for vores ord. Matthew advarer os temmelig tydeligt, "På dommens dag, folk vil give højde for hvert skødesløse ord de taler. "Lad os blive mindet om denne advarsel, næste gang vi opdaterer vores status.
3. Social media can fuel discontentment
Når vi bruger længere tid hælde over, hvad andre gør og siger, det trækker vores opmærksomhed på alle de ting, vi ikke har eller går glip af. Det kan få os til at sætte spørgsmålstegn ved, hvorfor vores liv ikke ser det samme. Hvorfor har jeg ikke tænke på det citat? Jeg ville ønske jeg havde hendes sans for stil. Deres nye hus er måde større end vores! Hvis vi ikke passer på, tredive minutter på Facebook eller Pinterest kan forlade dig følelsen uproduktive, uinteressante, og underwhelmed med dit eget liv. Hebræerbrevet formaner os, "Hold dit liv fri for kærlighed til penge, og være tilfreds med hvad du har, for han har sagt, "Jeg vil aldrig forlade dig eller svigte dig." "Vi kan i sidste ende være tilfreds med vores liv som troende, fordi vi får alt, hvad vi har brug for i Kristus. Spørg dig selv, om din brug af sociale medier hjælper du mener denne sandhed.
4. Social media can fuel pride and keep you inwardly focused
Sociale medier kan hurtigt blive vores egen podiet for selvpromovering. We have to ask ourselves what our motivation really is for posting the things that we do. Er vi på udkig efter sympati eller ros? Vil vi være godt tænkt på eller prale de sjove ting, vi har gjort? Har du hele tiden kontrollere, hvor mange "likes" eller "retweets" dit indlæg fik? Alle disse ting brændstof stolthed og holde os fokuserede på os selv. Dette kan være en særlig hårdt faldgrube for alle, der har en platform, der strækker sig ud over deres venner og familie. Whether you do music or have a popular blog, bare fordi tusindvis af mennesker lytter betyder ikke alt, hvad der kommer til at tænke værd at sige. Vi skal huske, at retweets, kommentarer, og kan lide ikke automatisk giver legitimitet til det, vi sender. Gud ser motivation af vores hjerter og aldrig narre af en godt udformet indlæg. Som jeg Samuel 2:3 advarsler, "Du skal ikke holde taler så stolt eller lad din mund tale sådan arrogance, for Herren er en Gud, der kender og ved ham gerninger vejes. "
5. Social media can distort our view of relationships
For hver gavn sociale medier har i relationer, der er en ulempe. Det er nemt at følge med dem du elsker (måske for let?). Har du stadig har dybe, meningsfulde samtaler personligt? It is easy to keep up with a lot of people you love—and a lot of people you don’t even know (måske for mange?). Er du overmættet med oplysninger om 300 folks liv, at du ikke gør et godt stykke arbejde med at elske den 10 mennesker, du ser uge til uge? Vi kan hurtigt træne os selv til at være forbrugere af information i stedet for elskere af mennesker. Vide om en persons liv og deling alt om dit eget liv via sociale medier er ikke det samme som at være en rigtig ven. Selvfølgelig Jesus er det perfekte eksempel på, hvad det betyder at være en sand ven. Som Jesus underviser, "Min kommando er dette: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, at han sætte sit liv til for sine venner. "Venskab er mere end summen af statusopdateringer og billeder. Venskab er offer. Det er forsynet hinandens byrder. Det er ikke bare virtuel det skal være konkret.
Jessica Barefield bor i Washington D.C.. med sin mand Trip, og deres søn Q. Du kan læse mere fra hende på hendes blog, Synes To Love.
This is so true. I will openly admit that I waste hours and hours of my time and days on social media and all the points brought forward, I can directly relate to. I know in my mind and heart that I want to and have to cut it out, or greatly diminish it, but it isn’t easy. But the message you have conveyed and the words of God that you’re using to reinforce this speak to me clearly. Thank you for this article :)
Great post! Really made me think and consider my social media usage!
Very good read! Was never involved in social networks until a little over a year ago and these are some of the reasons why. I have actually been thinking about deleting my social networks to focus on what needs to be focused on. Lot of good points here. Thank you for taking your time to write it and share.
Wow! So true. I definitely need to work on my social media intake. It’s very consuming one of the very reasons I stopped getting on Pinterest. Tak for at dele.
Nothing short of blessed
Thank you so much for posting this. I have been fighting with myself about getting on Facebook. Seems lately all it does is make mad angry. This was everything I needed to hear and will reread when I need to be reminded. Thank you and Trip. Gud bevare.
You are an inspiration! So many good points you have here. Praise God for your wisdom that’s understandable and very relevant to our generation! :)
I have been cut to heart by this powerful sharing. I believe we are all found wanting in this area. Thanks Trip and Jessica. May God continue to use you .
Godt sagt! I’ve had some of these same thoughts about social media over the past fee years. Keep writing!
jeg elsker det her!!!! So so true and I wish more people understood these points!
you’re really inspiration to this generation. Godt sagt!!!
Thank you so much Jessica for these words that are so true and conviction given. May God continue to use you and you household :-)
Thank you for this enlightening post! This should prompt us to fix our eyes on Jesus and less on others and self.
Awesome…. Glory to God alone….
Mange tak, for the “little people” with out a voice it speaks numbers to think our “social” value is derived from social media. Thanks for the wake up call !
Jeg havde brug for denne!!
That is so true. We waste precious time on social networks without purpose, and whenever purpose is not on ground, abuse is inevitable. I myself i’m guilty of this at times; but i pray for the grace to redirect my priorities.
This is a really good post. Thank you for sharing it with us, enjoyed reading it and it opening my eyes to the pitfalls of social media. :) Grace & Fred.
Exactly why I PERMANENTLY deleted my Fakebook in early 2012. Just like how I gave up cable TV in 2001, I don’t miss either Fakebook or TV. FB makes it easy to love yourself, which is idolatry. Being on the computer for work (video editing) is all the more reason why I do not want to spend time on it in my free time, but it is so easy to waste time on the computer. If I’m on YouTube, it’s to watch edifying videos from other Christians. I HIGHLY recommend every Christian to read this article: “Forming our Souls with Facebook” by Shane Hipps (Second Nature Journal dot com)
Very thought provoking!
Wow, great post, I am really blessed.
Omg I was so convicted last week by exactly what you said …spending hours on facebook that should be spending in the word! I love this blog…keep the knowledge coming!
I like your balanced position; not completely condemning social media, yet pointing out the issues/tendency for sinfulness. Reminds me of iLove.
Good points..thanks for sharing I needed it .
Tak for at dele! Excellent reminders of how we should caution ourselves when it comes to social media.
Thank you Jessica for this article & thank you Trip for posting on fb so I could see it & come to the blog to read it.
Great write up! Thought provoking for sure…note to self!
Wow! This is amazing! Every point hit me and I really needed to hear it. Mange tak. Gud bevare!
Tak så meget for at skrive dette. It is so very insightful and has helped me a lot in recognizing that I need to limit my time with social media. Many of the things you’ve described are all things I can relate to. Spending too much time on social media is not beneficial for my spirit your blog has really put it in words for me. Again thanks so much
Spot on with number 4 for me. One to watch – thanks
Thanks for writing this article; this article was edifying.
God bless you for sharing this. I need to be pure and thoughtful in whatever I do online/offline. Grace og fred
Awesome article! Well articulated and balanced. Tak fordi du delte
Guilty as charged on all 5 points…Thank you for this.
This article caught my eye quick because my job is online and a big part of it is social media. Before this was my job I could completely relate to this. It really can be a time waster if there is no self control. It should be something approached with caution for sure!
I saw this link on my Facebook and was dreading to read it because I knew it would convict me and today I said, “Okay… Let me have it.” lol. Just about everything in here is true about how I spend my time online and I am going to assume that the person who wrote this article would not have posted this if she had not struggled with this herself in some way. So it is nice to know that there are other people who carry or did carry the same burden. At church you tend to feel like you shouldn’t admit to stuff like this, because we have created the idea that no one else struggles with it. Just the other day I was talking to my husband and telling him how I deleted some apps on my ipod (yes I still have an ipod and not an iphone, by choice) because it created unhealthy/ungodly thinking. I use to play Home Design where you can create your dream home and in turn I would become so depressed with the house we live in. I still love playing Mall World on FB and confessed to my husband that I like it because my avatar is someone I am not, she is pretty, skinny, independant and it is fantasy that I enjoy living through. Maybe I sound weird or people may think I shared too much but this is my own conviction. Thank you for reinforcing what I know by sharing your own conviction with us writer and other commenters.
I will be deleting my Facebook and Instagram for a while. This was my wake up call. My husbands has been telling me about this and the discontentment has gone too far! Thank you Jessica!
lol this is so true.. fortunately, i’ve removed my social networking account about 3 år siden :D
That’s real! Got me thinkin!
tak! I’m gonna take a week long break from Facebook, E-mail, and Instagram and work on those relationships I have with people I see in my daily life.
Fantastic stuff! I’m a high school student and the part about putting so much stock into retweets and likes is so true! I definitely think their are some good things that can come out of Twitter/Facebook but it’s all about where you heart is!
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Wow thank God that was written for me,may the life giver always bless you and your family.Trip has always been the man of days The music,writtens etc keeps me awake.we thank God for you
Facebook free Fridays?! Join me! :P the entire month of October!
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Really good post! Social media can be a little too much but when I see souls reach and they are planted into a church with their families and serving in church and in their community with the families.. That’s amazing to me.
Wow. This really spoke to me and I appreciate it. It’s so well articulated and has some great advice on ways to reflect. tak!
Thank you for posting this! I’m so glad God led me to your blog today because I definitely needed to read this!
I love coming to this blog and reading all of these awesome posts by Trip and his wife. Keep up the good work you two!!! Gud bevare.
this just gave me more insight that i thought i had
Trip and his family are pure blessings.
That happens sometimes doesn’t it ????
That is sooooo true it can take time away from god also you won’t seem to have the time 4 him we’ll cut it off make the time
awesome read. admittedly, i spend too much time looking at pretty boys and pretty things and getting caught up by all these superficial things on tumblr that i tend to push God aside. it’s a sad, sad thing; i could be reading up on His word and spending more time with Him….thanks for the eye opener!
Wow. I thought I was doing good because I was just on two networks. This definitely helped me check myself. I thought because I wasn’t sinning I was okay, and of course there is always room for improvement.
God bless you for sharing this and thank you! This post just got me thinking about the time I waste with social media and its networks. It has helped me to re-think what I’m doing with time.
I agree with every point. I for sure have been avoiding instagram because I found myself comparing my self to other girls on there. It’s not good to feel ungrateful. I like looking at cute animals. lol
I considered deleting my fb, instagram accounts numerous times. I do think it’s good for keeping up with family members far apart though. :)
Excellent blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring writers?
I’m planning to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
Would you propose starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m totally overwhelmed ..
Any ideas? tak!