Thursday, March 21, 2019

DECLUTTER: 21st Century Golden Calf

This past week I heard someone say that self-awareness is curative. During this season of Lent, we practice being intentionally aware of ourselves and the things that are holding us back from being fully who God has called us to be. And for that to happen we have to take a hard look in the mirror at our lives. Most of us will filibuster. We will look at the lives of others and remark at what others ought to do. Maybe it is because we are afraid of what we might see in our own lives. 

This Sunday we will be talking about idols. It seems like an antiquated subject, particularly for our culture. We don't know very many people who venerate idols and probably isn't a temptation for us. 

In our culture, social media has crept up to the idol spot. Now I am typing this on a computer and posting this to social media... so I might be making the social media God's unhappy. 

But I'd imagine many of us don't think about how much time we spend on our devices. The very idea of social media is a connection. Yet the early research shows that the more we dive deep into social media the lonelier, depressed, anxious we are. 

Maybe this is our 21st-century golden calf. I am not advocating that we go full Amish on the internet but I do think many of us have invested ourselves into this social media world without any awareness with how it might become a god in our lives. What we thought was good for us might actually be hindering us. 

Looking forward to figuring this thing out together!