Social media, films and TV can be both a blessing and a curse. This sermon addresses our “media diet,” what the Scriptures have to say about them (a lot!), and how we can be the boss of them instead of the other way around.
How does a disciple of Christ view social media, TV, magazines and movies?
None of these is evil in and of themselves. They are just modes of communication or expression. They can do great good or great harm. Can set people up for hurt, or can help rescue them.
I Corinthians 10:31–the bottom line for all behaviors of a disciple:
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
Therefore whether you post or like or tweet, do it all for the glory of God.
If we’re willing to let God use our participation for His glory, we have freedom to participate.
How disciples use their time is a key issue. Psalm 90:12 and Colossians 4:5
Bible has a LOT to say about Facebook and Twitter–because posting and tweeting, etc. are all speech.
Proverbs 10:19 paraphrase: Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.
If you’re posting too much, you’re going to put your foot in your mouth at some point.
Prov. 17:28 (original)
Proverbs 17:28 Even a fool who doesn’t post anything is considered wise; by not responding, he seems intelligent.
Proverbs 29:20 (original)
Do you see a person who posts without really thinking about it? There is more hope for a fool than for him or her.
Proverbs 18:2 A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.
Proverbs 21:23 (Original)
Whoever chooses not to post keeps himself out of trouble.
Ephesians 4:29 Let no unwholesome talk…just edifying expression.
Another danger: social networks can lead to self-centeredness and isolation.
Colossians 3:1-3 …… Your life is hid with Christ in God.
If we know Jesus, we already know who we are, or we are in the process of finding out the joys of being in Christ. We don’t need Facebook to help us figure out who we are, or affirm our worth by how many “likes” we get on a posting.
Proverbs 27:10 (Original)
Better is a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.
We should think of it less as a platform for personal expression and more as a mission field, a platform for expressing the things of God.
Let’s tell Facebook, you’re not the boss of me.
Entertainment: Books, magazines, television, movies
Psalm 101:3 I will put no worthless thing before my eyes.
Books can be great. God’s word is in book form! Read it!
Philippians 4:8 Whatever things are true….
I Timothy 6:17–He gives us all things richly to enjoy–including all these forms of information and entertainment.
Yet every book and every article has a message. We need to be discerning…what is really being said here. Me and I Love Lucy.
Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world….
I Cor. 5:9-10 Same principle applies to books and films and TV.
Reality Programs–generally based on conflict and distortion. Not reality!
In Christ, we are bigger than the demands of the culture.
We need to be bold about being free from pressure to see certain films or TV shows. Just because a film or TV show is highly anticipated doesn’t mean we have to jump on the bandwagon.
We already “BELONG” because we are in Christ, and we don’t have to “belong” anywhere else.
Last word: Don’t judge!
Romans 14:1-4 Issue of meat offered to idols in the early church
Interpretation for this sermon: Romans 14:1-4 Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things. For one believes he may see movies you wouldn’t, but he who is weak only sees Christian movies that end with a call to repentance. Let not him who sees different kinds of films despise him who does not do that, and let not him who only sees Christian films judge him who doesn’t; for God has received him. Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).