The Disease of Distraction
Have you ever looked at the clock and thought, “Wow! Where has the time gone”?
Are you a Rip VanWinkle in front of the screen?
For all the knowledge the internet has brought us, it failed to bring wisdom.
We have hundreds of friends on social media who we have never even met in real life; yet we will hold conversations with them, engage with them, celebrate their birthdays, debate politics and share photos of our children, while ignoring the one in front of us. We will go out for dinner with our spouse and instead of quality time with the one we love, we will take a picture of our dinner and immediately post it to Facebook and then keep checking to see if anyone likes it. It is so sad to see couples sitting across from each other staring at their phones. Sigh, is this what we have become?
Children are growing up influenced by social media instead of their own parents and we wonder how we ever lost this generation? Young girls are posting selfie after selfie, seeking validation because there is no one in her real world who speaks to her, hears her, sees her; because we are all too busy with our own on-line lives. Post after post, she cries out for help, “Will someone please see me?” She equates the number of likes for acceptance and validation of her worth.
God: “Samuel! Samuel!”
Samuel: “Not now, God, I have to finish this post.”
God: “Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?”
Isaiah: … the sound of crickets, because Isaiah was just too busy posting his comment in a Facebook debate on dead religion.
And I am pretty sure it wasn’t Windows 10 that Daniel opened to pray!
For all of this togetherness the internet could bring us, it has been used as a tool to cause division and strife. Do we spend more time on-line than we do in the Word? Instead of knowing His Spirit for ourselves, or are we accepting someone else’s regurgitation as truth? Are we no longer able to discern right from wrong because the moral code has been pushed so far left we just don’t know what’s right anymore; nor do we feel the sting of conviction? Could it be we don’t even know truth anymore; because the internet said it, so it must be true. Instead of being a light in a dark world, have we let the world into the church? If it weren’t for all of our comments of “Amen,” and sharing post because “If we do we will be blessed by nightfall,” does anyone even know we are Christian?
How about you? Where are you? Do you hear God calling you or are you just too distracted?
Are your relationships crumbling around you because you are out of balance?
Are you neglecting your gift and refusing your calling because you would much rather be entertained?
Do you know what the Bible says about this?
But understand this, that in the last days dangerous times [of great stress and trouble] will come [difficult days that will be hard to bear]. For people will be lovers of self [narcissistic, self-focused], lovers of money [impelled by greed], boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane, [and they will be] unloving [devoid of natural human affection, calloused and inhumane], irreconcilable, malicious gossips, devoid of self-control [intemperate, immoral], brutal, haters of good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of [sensual] pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of [outward] godliness (religion), although they have denied its power [for their conduct nullifies their claim of faith]. 2 Timothy 3
This is a wake-up call, my friends. Do not hit the snooze button! Close the laptop lid, turn off the phone, unplug the router, and grab your Bible, go into your room, close the door, and ask God to renew your heart, light the fire so you may return to your first love, and repent.
Abba Father loves you! He is calling you. He is waiting for you.
So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. Luke 15
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