One of the most interesting things Christians make use of (or misuse) in the modern world is social media. If you are on Facebook, for instance, you’ve probably seen prayer requests and ‘memes’ expressing Christian sentiments. And while these are good things, if our lives are not in accordance with the prayer requests or memes we post, we give the world yet more ammunition to denigrate and degrade our holy faith.
Isaiah, 800 years before Christ and 2800 years before our day said, upon the inspiration of God, “These people draw near with their mouths And honor Me with their lips, but have removed their hearts far from Me” (Isa. 29:13).
It’s so easy to post a pious picture with a pious caption on facebook or twitter or pinterest or instagram. It’s not so easy to live a life that glorifies God. In fact, because it is so easy to post piety there are a lot of people who do it in spite of the fact that their lives are wrecked by disobedience and sin. We’ve all become overwhelmingly familiar with the ‘Christian’ who in one post praises God and in the next lets fly a string of profanity that would make a sailor blush. We all know ‘Christians’ who are living in sin and open rebellion who nevertheless post prayers or photos or pious sayings that are contradicted by their very own lives.
This really shouldn’t happen. If we don’t live it, we shouldn’t post it. If we don’t live our faith, we shouldn’t ramble on about it on facebook because we then become what the Bible calls ‘hypocrites’. Pretenders. Play actors. Fakes. Frauds. Disingenuous. Deceivers. Delusional and deluded.
We should all pray that we are not the sort of people who talk a lot about God but have hearts that care nothing for his will or way. That might be a better use of our time than posting pious pictures on social media.