The love/hate relationship with social media

How many times I’ve tried to quit social media… and failed. I take breaks. I look in less often… and yet, there it is. Do I stay engaged? There are times when it irritates the living daylights out of me because there is far too much lack of discernment about those I thought to be “Christian” and I am too often left with my jaw on the floor.

Yet, there are some things to stay engaged with because there is such a serious lack of discernment. These are wise words:

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Our lack of discernment is killing us

It is all at once laughable, irritating, and enraging. It wasn’t a decade ago that someone could float crazy ideas and just basically have them laughed off. Not anymore. So, the laughable has become enraging. To even point this out used to be embarrassing for me to do… now it is necessary.

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Crazy conspiracy theories in the time of coronavirus

If there is anything that is exposed quicker in this time, it is the American Christian lack of discernment. Somehow we act like discernment is some gift of the Spirit… you either have it or you don’t. To which I simply scream: GROW UP. PLEASE!

If you want to believe that some secret lab created this as a biological weapon, and now everyone is covering that up, I can’t stop you. If you want to believe one of the dozens of conspiracy theories already circulating, that’s your call. But if you do, what will you do when you start believing that the vaccine is also part of this conspiracy?

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The rise of false Messiahs

At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you ahead of time. (Matt. 24:23-25, NIV) Read more

We have the mind of Christ

Those words from Paul are so challenging. As I am about to embark on some the craziest adventures of my life in the next few months, I have to keep saying: While I can’t be 100% on this being the mind of God, I can say with 100% certainty I WANT the mind of God!

The need to teach THINKING

We are a culture given to extremes. Rather than living in the balances of feasting and fasting, we go to the extremes of obesity and anorexia. That is not just concerning food.

And we highlight the extremes in our culture, wildly cheering one side or wildly despairing over the other extreme. We don’t like the center.

We need a discernment process to know what is necessary and good in our lives, keeping centered.

We need a Kingdom center, not a culture fringe.

Hearing

Sometimes we need to hear the leading of the Spirit in very “plain” things. I know I do.

I have an old beater car. I feel like I’m back in high school and praying for miracles every day. Miracles like, “Please start. Please drive. Please stop.”

My prayer life is improved immensely.

Just the past few days I had one of those problems where I knew it was bad news. But just a small whisper to go get it checked. Finally, I obeyed. The problem was not “cheap” to fix, but it was doable. A few more days and I would have probably been in a worse predicament.

Listening to small promptings are for every day things at times. I’m thankful for that.