God or Social Media?

social_buttonsOne morning, as I dragged my body out of bed, my wife told me the terrible news: last night a young man entered a popular gay bar in Orlando, Florida, and began shooting. The carnage left fifty men dead and fifty injured. The gunman committed suicide afterwards. I was shocked and saddened that once again people were catapulted from this life with bullets.

I immediately logged into my Facebook account. I visited various news sites. Pictures of weeping family members and friends appeared alongside the political finger pointing and accusations.

Here we go again, I thought. Why do I do this to myself?

A verse memorized decades ago popped into my mind:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart,

and do not lean on your own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge him,

        and he will make straight your paths.[1]

 

At first it didn’t make sense; it seemed out of place.

After pondering about it I realized the truth: I had replaced God with social media! Instead of pouring out my grieved soul to God, I bowed to the altar of Facebook and relied on imperfect man. I trusted the ever-changing opinions of people rather than in the unchangeable truth of the Almighty. In essence, I had changed the verse to:

Trust in Facebook with all your heart,

            and lean on other people’s understanding.

In all your ways check your Twitter feed,

            and then you will know what to do.

I felt ashamed.

Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets are great tools, but they are not reliable sources for truth and wisdom.

So I made a determination to go to God first to find answers and to pray for justice and an end to evil.

Fast-forward a few weeks: As I dragged my body out of bed, my wife told me terrible news: two young men entered an airport in Turkey and began shooting. After being shot by the police they blew themselves up. The carnage left 42 people dead and over 200 people injured. I was shocked and saddened that once again souls were catapulted from this life with bullets.

What will I do?

What did you do?

 

 

[1] Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV