This morning I was looking at some Scriptures in King James Version and others, and it came to me that social media fits right in. We text message all the time, and we convey many thoughts to friends this way. I agree that sometimes it is misused to convey a thought that should be shared face to face, or at least voice to voice (phone call). . . you know those messages you need to make but don’t want the confrontation like~ “I want to break up with you.” We as a people are getting too far away from each other on a heart level. I recall a syfi book I read eons ago where a society only communicated via a magnified ‘facetime’. They became afraid to be in real presence with each other. Even babies were test tube babies. It was an interesting study combined with a murder mystery plot. However, I digress. It seems like we are headed that way, at least partially, as we try ‘partial communication’ via words appearing on the small screen of an iPhone. Look around at kids in school, adults in a restaurant, strangers on a bus. . . some say we shall become a race with hump backs from having our heads constantly looking down at a device in our hand. My writing this morning began with a Scripture I saw that gets down again to heart level.
It’s a relationship that is more important than any other. Can it be text created? Well, yes, in a sense. God wrote His text message to us in the form of a book. I can download it on my device and read it. I can even respond to it in text if I want. God’s words are relevant to us today even though they were texted long ago, for He literally put His heart into His words. See . . .
John 1:1-5, 14
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
14 The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
He knew when the text was created that the words were more futuristic even beyond us. God created them as living words. Yes, because they contain His love for us, they can go right into each individual heart and speak to us there. That is why we can respond to Him in texting too. Just as I am speaking to you by text and you can text back to me. We can respond to God’s love message. The more we become acquainted with His heart thoughts, the greater will be our desire to exchange ours too. This is the verse from the Message Bible Translation that got me going on social media communication:
2 Corinthians 5:16-20 (MSG)
We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at Him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new.
The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and Him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with Himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins.
God has given us the task of telling everyone what He is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; He’s already a friend with you.
God wants to “friend you”. Are you going to accept or reject His offer?