He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
We live in a social media world. This is great in many ways because we are “connected” in a way we’ve never been in our history.
We can share our lives at any moment and of course friends and family anywhere in the world can see and follow.
We now have a world in which we are the most connected in human history and yet as a result, remain the most unconnected society in human history.
Christianity is beginning to devolve into something that doesn’t always resemble what I thought Christianity would become. Christians say horrible things on posts and in tweets regardless of where you are politically or socially. I am always heartbroken when I see posts from Christians whose words seem so biting and hurtful. Is this really the new norm?
You go out to dinner and see families sitting across from each other-no one talking but rather staring at their phones.
Couples on dates and both are more concerned with how many likes or retweets they’ll get from a post rather than being present with the other.
Our brains are being rewired and reoriented and our priorities are becoming more primal.
The author of Micah tells us that God has shown us what is good and asks a simple question. What does God require of us? The answer is important: only to act justly, love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God.
Three very important things that are getting more and more difficult in this new age of social media. We yearn to snap back at posts we don’t agree with, kids are being bullied online and taking their lives, young children are being human trafficked at an unprecedented rate, and relationships (intimate ones as well as friendships) are being destroyed.
The irony is that social media has created a vacuum for Christians to feel immune to the expectations of acting justly, loving mercy and walking humbly with our God. Social media is a place where we only present the best parts of ourselves rather than reflecting our true selves. Selfies, taken at the perfect angle and with the perfect light and filters, put on display for as many likes and shares as possible. We seem to care less about who we hurt with what we say in retaliation knowing we would never say those things to a person sitting in front of us. We’ve created a back door; a work around to healthy conflict.
It is easy to get caught in pointing out the speck of sawdust in someone’s proverbial “eye” on social media while completely neglecting the plank in our own. While it might feel gratifying immediately to lash out and condemn; it doesn’t draw us or them any closer to God. In fact, it pulls us further from God. If we feel it important to rebuke each other it must be done face to face otherwise it’s merely scapegoating behind the invisible walls of social media.
I think the author of Micah was on to something, reminding us what God simply expects of us: act justly in person and online, love mercy in all its forms, and to walk humbly with our God even when our followers and subscribers expect more. We are strongest when we live fully into the body of Christ.
May it be so,
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