It doesn’t really matter what time you stop by my house, I’ve always got coffee on, and I’m always up for a good conversation. I miss the time before smartphones, when people actually “went visiting”. When I was little you knew where to find your friends, not from Facebook, but finding the front lawn with a pile of bikes in it. We need that, actual interaction, with our fellow human beings to make a revival.
Everyone’s so busy in this day and age, so wrapped up in life, visiting has become a luxury not everyone can afford. But I maintain a good cup of coffee shared between friends is priceless. Getting together shouldn’t be something we have to pencil into our schedule it should be something we look forward to naturally. Why is actual social interaction growing so awkward? Dare I say “unnecessary”? May I hypothesize that I no longer need to “see” you because I can “see” you on social media 24-7.
Is this what Jesus is talking about when he says “love thy neighbor”?
I do believe God designed us with a need for fellowship, it blesses us to be with others. We do have a need to interact, to experience real smiling faces not just emoji’s. We are losing that. When did we get too busy just to have a cup of coffee with a friend. No wonder people suffer from depression and anxiety – we need loving, nurturing, flesh & blood people in our lives. We need more human touch and less technology at our fingertips. It’s made us cold and unaware of those around us. Jesus calls us to serve our fellow brothers and sisters, and that’s hard to do when we are bowed before our iPhone, oblivious to those around us.
“He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” – Luke 10:27
Do you spend more time with God than your phone or vice-versa? Is the Bible what you reach for first in the morning? Do you find yourself using your phone to do things you know God has warned you about? And have you allowed your phone to replace loving your neighbor with liking your neighbor on Facebook?
Most of us, in 2017, commit techno-idolatry. We worship our phones and online egos more than God and spend more time with them than our family and friends. The Bible warns us about the lust of the eyes, the flesh & the pride of life, which are all a huge part of social media. We need more genuine love in this world and God created YOU to do that very thing – share his love with others. We desperately need coffee and face to face conversation. We need real conversation and not more online content. We need cook outs and camping trips with friends, long talks by backyard fires, late into the night. God designed us to be social creatures, it’s part of his plan.
Look up, you are surrounded by people who need you to show them Jesus Christ today. Technology is here to stay, that’s a given. But we must learn how to have a healthy balance and to steer clear of making our phone a demigod. That is where we are headed. We now often run to google before God to answer our questions. Be honest with yourself and set limits. It seems innocent and acceptable because everyone is doing it and our society revolves around constant contact on social media.
But that is the worlds way of doing things, not Gods.
I urge you to pray about this. I was so convicted by the time I spent on my phone I actually switched to a flip phone. It’s so archaic that it makes everything so hard and time consuming to do that I have surrendered to just having a cell phone for calls – no apps or text. My habit of scrolling endless hours of nothingness has subsequently ended. I understand, many people can’t do this, because many use cell phones for work as well. Just review your habits and if you find your phone is your number one priority most of the time then I suggest seeking Gods help in placing him back into top spot. God is all about balance, so please I urge you to pray about how God wants you to use your cellphone, surrender even your phone to him.
“Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” – Corinthians 10:31
“For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.” 1 John 2:16
*** I recommend the Interlinear Hebrew Greek English Bible for an accurate study of scriptures. Also available in a 4 Volume Set (larger print than single volume) Interlinear Hebrew Greek English 4 Volume Set