Sunday, April 17, 2011

"Positive" Updates and the Nature of One's Heart

Okay, rant time. It is always curious to see what people post as their FB statuses or Twitter updates. I believe it reveals the nature of their heart. Most of the time, status updates are pretty innocuous; they are descriptive and personal, informative, and/or just sort of random or silly. Other times, I see that they are a means to raise awareness for causes (awesome), or a way to encourage others (also awesome).

But sometimes, I feel that people use their updates as a means of self-promotion, or a way to "puff themselves up." I find certain types of updates, even though they are phrased with excited exclamation marks and written in positive tones, to be boastful. Every keystroke, every word, is meant to tell the reader how awesome the writer's life is, and how awesome and skilled the writer is. It feigns humility, but in fact reveals a heart that is arrogant and self-centered.

The Bible teaches that, "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord" (1Cor.1:31). Though I've searched for any reference to Him in these updates, few (if any) have been found. If these status writers are Jesus-followers like they confess to be, then it should be evident that any blessing, any gift, any good thing comes from God. To fail to acknowledge this suggests that either the writers do not want to give Him credit, or the writers don't think He deserves credit. Either way, their words point to them and not to their Creator, and that really reveals the nature of their heart condition.

Of course, I am not so presumptuous as to assume that even though these folks are on my FB, they will have read this post. However, in the off-chance that they do, my message is this:
check the intentions of your heart before you tweet or FB. Make your words count for eternal glory rather than your own earthly purposes.