I am on Facebook multiple times a day and it has definitely become an addiction in my life, but when has an “innocent” addiction gone too far?
I know, this may seem a little extreme to some of you. But our generation is one that is completely addicted and dependent on technology. Could you go a day without your cell phone? What about a week? A month? What about your computer, iPad, Gameboy (I don’t know if those are still popular), game system, radio, the list goes on…What do you use every day that you do not know what to do without?
Have you ever left your phone at home? Did you go back instantly and get it? I know I have. And why, exactly. I could have survived one day without it, or could I?
Many quote the following Bible verses in reference to addiction:
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” (1 Cor 6:19-20).
“Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things of this nature. I warn you, as I warned those before you, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5: 19-21 ESV)
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10: 13 ESV)
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” (Matthew 6:24 ESV)
In the first verse, we read about protecting our body and what we put in it because it is a temple where God dwells. How many of us have watched something inappropriate? Had unwholesome talk come out of our mouths while on the phone? Send Snapchats or pictures that we would be embarrassed for our mother or father to see? Well, you Father did see them. He sees everything you do.
Even if you haven’t done anything considered “inappropriate” on your phone-has it been a distraction to you? Has it kept you from playing with your children? Enjoying a meal with friends? Staying focused at work? When your notification sound goes off, do you drop everything to check it? I know in this day and age, your phone becomes an extension of you-like another appendage you feel naked without.
You may not, necessarily, be doing “bad things” on your phone, but it may be keeping the good things away. If it is keeping you from playing with your children, talking to your spouse, praying to God, seeking him, reading your Bible, etc., then it is not doing you much good.
What about gaming? Are you playing games where you murder people, do magic, cast spells, steal, become vampires, etc. Ask yourself this question: would you let your children play that game? Do you think it is appropriate to put that into your mind and spirit? Not only does the Bible speak of this, but these words came from Jesus’ mouth “The enemy comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the fullest.” (John 10:10) So by playing video games that do the same, what does that say about you? You may not be doing those heinous actions in “real life,” but that’s the issue. If it’s not appropriate for real life, why do you think it’s appropriate for the fantasy world?
Even if you are playing video games without violence or witchcraft, are you spending hours a day/week on your game system when you have other things to do? Do you choose to play video games over playing with your children, spending time with your spouse, or praying to God and seeking Him?
How many hours a week do you spend on the computer or phone on some sort of social media site? If I were to sit down and tally it up, I know I would be ashamed to tell you how much I time I truly spend Instagraming pictures, Snapchatting my friends, sending Tweets, and “Facebooking” (it is said that when typing this, Microsoft Word did not classify this as a misspelled word-it’s an accepted vernacular).
It does not matter if you are posting pictures of your family and posting Bible verses and your daily devotional posts if you are not living them. If you are not spending time with your family, just posting pictures…which do you think they’ll have fonder memories of? When you pass away from this world and stand in front of God with the Book of Life, do you think he’s going to care how many times you posted “John 3:16” on your Facebook wall or do you think he’s going to appreciate those who went out there and lived it?
God does not want us to go through life without any fun. It is fine to play video games, socialize on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter or talk on your cell phone. I’m not saying that we all need to give up technology completely and live in the desert somewhere. I’m just saying it is all about moderation. I want to open people’s eyes and let them see that we have a growing epidemic in our country and it is technology.
I challenge you today:
Set your phone down and enjoy some family/friend time-even if only for a few minutes at a time (baby steps)
Only use your phone for (get this!) making phone calls (what a strange concept!)
Don’t check your Facebook for a day-it will still be there and the world will keep spinning
Don’t tweet this week. You will still have followers. You will still have your account.
Don’t Instagram. You won’t miss anything.
Take a break from gaming. Your account will not be deleted and your Avatar will still be there waiting on you when you return.
Reset your life and I think it will change your priorities-for the better!