The Dangers of A Social Media Faith

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and other social media sites/apps make it easy to see how your friends are, what they’re up to, and to catch up with them. In the right context, they can be tools used to bring others together and to remain in close relationship with others that life prevents us from seeing/hanging out with. However, in the Christian community, social media can be a detrimental stumbling block to one’s faith.

Demi Lovato Posing For Body Positivity

As most of you know, Demi Lovato has been in the spotlight a lot from being a child star on Barney and Camp Rock to her struggles with addiction and mental health. I have followed her social media for a long time because I find her inspirational for a struggle with a lot of the same things that she does. Knowing that Demi has struggled with body image and eating disorders is common knowledge. She has been candid with her struggle. She has done a lot of things from very strict diets to strenuous exercise regiments to achieve this unachievable goal of the perfect body. As somebody who has struggled with Bulimia and Body Dysmorphia, I can say that Demi is an encouragement for me.

How Not To Think

This is one of the hardest questions we have to ask ourselves. “Hey, why do I believe what I believe? Why do I think what I think? What sources do we use to inform and “flesh-out” our understanding of the world? How do we think about morality, theology, and the world?

I’m a Wesleyan. As a Wesleyan, I usually use four tools to understand these things; Scripture, Tradition, Reason, and Experience. Other theological traditions might use some other source, and some might take issue with one of my four. That would be a great conversation to have in some other article, but today I want to talk about what we can agree on.

 Whatever we use to study scripture, I think we can all agree that these ones don’t work. These are kinds of knowledge that will mislead us, that will obscure more than they ever reveal. I specifically reject these when it comes to my study of God’s word, world, and truth.