Do Christians Trust Facebook More Than They Trust God?

Who do you turn to when you have a question about something in your life, current events, social issues, and truth? Facebook, or God? I submit to you that many Christians, including me, turn to Facebook and other media outlets for the answer first, before ever turning to God. Do Christians Trust Facebook more than they trust God? For some, the answer is yes.

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The Dangers of Seeking other Sources Before God

The danger in this pattern of behavior is this: we are NOT seeking God first. Once we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we make a profession that we will allow the Holy Spirit to guide us in every facet of our lives no matter how big or how small the issue may be.

When we turn to Google, or other sources of information on the internet, before God we:

1. Seek to find answers to questions or issues, independent of God.

When we seek to finds answers to questions without consulting, God can be dangerous because of our fallen and sinful nature. An example of the dangers of acting independently of God is found in Genesis 3:3-13.

But God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.' "

4 "You will not certainly die," the serpent said to the woman. 5 "For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."

6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

7Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

8Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

9But the Lord God called to the man, "Where are you?"

10He answered, "I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid."

11And he said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?"

12The man said, "The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it."

13Then the Lord God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."

This verse is the first sin that we continue to suffer the ramifications of to this very day. Anytime we operate independently of God, we can unknowingly be led astray from God, which can ultimately lead to severe consequences.

2. Run the risk of consuming information that is not consistent with God's word (The Bible).

In the most subtle sense, believers can easily absorb notes, teachings, ideology, and conspiracy theories that do not align with God and sow seeds of division and confusion.

These types of content also point to a "villain" or "savior" or some sort. These ideologies or theories often use emotional triggers or pain points to highlight the atrocities of the villains and prop up "saviors" and their army against evil.

As Christians, we are aware that there is evil running rampant in this fallen world. The ONE and ONLY Savior is Jesus Christ, who defeated death.

3. Take "action" independent of God.

Unknowingly, Christians become "righteous pawns" and make it their mission to expose evil, or "enlighten" everyone with the message of so-called darkness or conspiracies that were "revealed."

Action that is independent of God sows confusion and divisiveness, both of which are classic plays in Satan's playbook.

Spoiler alert: GOD WINS!

God can defeat and expose evil by using those who He calls. God's justice is poetic and prevails.

How to Seek God First

Look to the actions modeled by our Savior, Jesus Christ. Jesus modeled this behavior for us on numerous occasions in the bible. John 17:20-25 demonstrates how Jesus prayed for ALL (believers and non-believers) before his crucifixion.

20 "My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,

21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

24 "Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

25 "Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me.

26 I have made you[e] known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them." John 17:20-25

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Jesus prayed that all believers might be as one body under one head, animated by one soul, by their union with Christ and the Father in him, through the Holy Spirit dwelling in them.

The more we dispute, sow seeds of confusion and division. The more doubt is cast upon Christianity. We should strive to seek God first in all things and pray that we are used as vessels of God to promote peace. We should pray that all believers may be more and more united in one mind and one judgment. Through our actions of love, grace, and humility, we demonstrate the love of God.

So before you don on your armor in response to the "Gospel of Facebook," pray to God about the troubles of your heart and mind. Seek clarity and not "confirmation" of what you would like to answer.

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