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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.

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.

Following the Call Despite Change

Being broken is not something I enjoy. I have had a lot of change in my life in the past 4 months. I lost the comfort of a place I use to call my home away from home and I moved away from everything and everyone I knew to a small town in Missouri. I started a new job that was emotionally, physically and spiritually draining, and I was at the end of my tolerance for change. I went through the emotion of being mad at God, mad at myself, mad at others, and it got me nowhere. I let my emotions run rapid because I was broken, and I didn’t know what to do with it. I felt lost in a place with no support system or comfort of my own. I didn’t know who I was or what I was supposed to do. I felt called to leave and come Missouri, but I didn’t feel like I was following what God had intended. Which in turn caused me to think less of myself.