Idolatry: Some Thoughts To Consider

I am warning you.  You may not like this post.  I am not trying to be legalistic.  Please hear my heart!

I know that I am extreme at times, if not most of the time.  It will come as no shock to you that I do not have a smart phone, and our family does not participate in social media (facebook, instagram, etc.).  I am not saying those things are wrong, but I am saying we have decided they are not best for our family.

I do not want you to hear condemning thoughts on smart phone devices and social media in this post, but I do want to give you some thoughts to consider.  My biggest struggle with smart phones and social media is how easily those things can become an idol.  I know you are probably sitting there thinking anything we do can become an idol, and that is true.  I just think that social media and smart phones can increase the potential of idolatry occurring in our hearts.

Let me explain.  There is a book out on the market right now that teaches people how to create technology for the express purpose of getting people addicted to that technology.  Check out this amazon link for the book that does this very thing.  When God designed us, He designed us with an attachment center in our brain.  We were created by God with the desire and ability to connect with certain things that form strong bonds.  I believe that the bond is supposed to be our bond and attachment to Jesus.  In essence, we are designed and created to worship Christ.  If we don’t worship Christ, then we will worship something.

My concern for our children and students in particular in this culture is that there are people out there designing technology to get our kids hooked.  If we are not careful, they can become addicted to this technology.  It becomes a form of worship, idolatry if you will.  My issue with smart phones and social media is that they can make us prone to the worst worship of all, self worship.

The narcissism in our culture is off the charts.  Check out this blog from Denton Bible Church to get there perspective on selfies.  As they said, this phenomenon with selfies creates an almost worship of self.

What is the point of this post?  Here is the point.  I have been commanded by God in Deuteronomy 6 and in the Gospels to love God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength.  Colossians 1 shows us that not only is that what God wants, but we were created by Him and for Him.

No matter what your stance is on smart phones and social media, etc., I make this request.  Have a plan personally in your own life to where the technology itself does not become an addiction.  If it has become that, be willing to seek help and leave the technology behind if need be.  God is worthy of all our worship!

More than this though, I beg and plead with you to have a plan for your children and grandchildren.  Our kids’ brains are not fully developed.  Brain science research is showing that over exposure to technology is not good for adolescent brain development.  If you don’t let them have phones or social media accounts, then explain why.  If you let them have access to these things, then be willing to put boundaries on them, and explain why.

We want to model worship of God with our whole heart for our children and grandchildren.  Let’s not let technology and culture shape our worship.  If we do, then we will be guilty of idolatry.  May our worship be shaped by Christ and His Cross, and may we bow to God alone.

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