And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.” Matthew 24:10
I believe there’s a connection between the hostility in today’s world, and the prevalence of social media. Social, racial and spiritual wars are being waged not on battlefields – but right inside our homes.
No face-to-face interaction.
No emotional cost.
Social media has removed the thing which matters most: Compassion.
It may sound cliché, but we need to ask ourselves: What would Jesus say? (Or type!)
Jesus didn’t sit at home preaching about the world’s problems and offering empty solutions. Jesus went out into the world! He went into the communities, sharing the gospel and putting it into action!
Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness. When He saw the crowds, He was moved with compassion.” Matthew 9:35-37
Did you read that? “When He saw the crowds, He was moved with compassion.”
There is a reason Jesus told us to also “go into all the world and preach the Good News.” We aren’t connected to the world by reading online news stories or interacting on social media.
Compassion requires intimacy!
We create fertile ground for the enemy when our hearts lose compassion. And in today’s world, where there is so much conflict and disagreement, it’s very easy to let anger, bitterness, and vengeance take root. But we can’t see into people’s hearts – or the future plans God has for them. We need to strive for compassionate and hopeful hearts – even for our worst enemies.
God had compassion for Saul – who would become the Apostle Paul. Jesus met him on the road to Damascus. Interaction and intimacy! God knew the plans He would accomplish through Paul’s transformed heart. In fact, one of the main reasons Jesus was born, was so God could DWELL WITH US! Isn’t that amazing! Because of God’s great love and compassion for us, He stepped down from Heaven and met with His creation face-to-face.
I believe Satan is using social media to harden our hearts so that the Good News isn’t proclaimed at the very time it is needed most. We need to have a heart like Jesus – where the Holy Spirit can thrive in us and work through us.
Let us endure! Let our hearts remain compassionate! Let us fight against the temptation to harden our hearts. Let us have a heart like God’s ~ patient, long-suffering, and not wanting that any should perish.
Let’s clothe ourselves with compassion!