This began as a Facebook post, but became too long. So now it lives as a blog post.
A brief, and somewhat sarcastic, description of social media platforms
1. Facebook (Baby Boomers and Gen X)- The place where we make our lives and families seem happier and healthier than they actually are. It’s like a digital version of keeping up with the Jones’. Vanity.
2. Twitter – Dumpster Fire. Angry millenials. Lots of arguing and ideological arrogance. Vanity.
3. Instagram (Current young generation) – Pictures of me. Pictures of myself. And even more pictures of yours truly. Usually coupled with some kind of lighthearted text that indicates we hope people are pleased with what they see. Vanity.
4. Snapchat (Also the current young generation) – Content without accountability. The devil’s playground and a parent’s worst nightmare. Vanity.
Though it may take different forms and express itself in different ways, we are all in great danger of seeking affirmation and worth through the practice of vanity. Real worth does not come from making impressions on social media. It comes from finding ourselves unimpressive at the foot of the cross where the only worthy One traded His life for our death. It comes from the realization that “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)”
Every generation feels like it is breaking free from the failures of the others. In reality, each generation is just repeating the same failures in different packages. What we need, and what we ought to desperately pray for, is a generation that no longer attempts to be impressive, but to be impressed. A generation that tastes and sees that the Lord is good. A generation that cries out with Isaiah, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts (Isaiah 6:5)”, and then with John the Baptist, “He must increase, but I must decrease (John 3:30).” A generation that sits impressed with Mary at the feet of Jesus as opposed to Martha, clamoring in the kitchen to make an impression.
If this has described or convicted you stop trying to make an image for yourself. Bring your busted up, bruised up, broken self to the feet of Jesus and worship. Only there will you be whole. Only there will you find the Image you’ve been seeking all this time.