CHRISTIANS BEWARE! The world around us has become desensitized to the words and symbols of love and affection. People in our online, social media, and cellphone culture have taken and symbols (and others of the sort), and pasted them onto every message or comment made to another person with whom they have an online friendship. I’m not referring to the heart on Facebook that allows you to show that you really connect with a friend’s post. This is about the constant misuse of symbols of love, and words of endearment (“Baby,” “Love,” “Hon”), made in personal comments back and forth among friends.
If you use these symbols and words willy-nilly, they lose their meaning. To send a heart, kiss, or pet name has come to mean nothing. What you may not consider is that these symbols and words may speak volumes to others observing your online exchanges with members of the opposite sex. Do you want your husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend to be receiving them in response to every caring or witty comment they make? How do you feel when your husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend is the sender of , , and loving words to others? Be honest. How does it really make you feel? When did we stop having respect for our true loving relationships?
Is it ever appropriate for a Christian to allow his or her self to be sucked into the world’s view of love? The world’s view is: love everyone, as long as you wear a condom; gender doesn’t exist; divorce is commonplace; morals are non-existent. Have you thought about how Satan can use this; can use YOU? By becoming desensitized to love, how will the world understand how HUGE it is for God to love us so much that He would send his only son to die for us? (John 3:16)
The “www” (“666” in Hebrew) world that we live in is plagued with symbolism, and has already become desensitized to death. Just because these symbols and words appear to be positive, we must be wary of the true agenda; desensitize the world to anything that is God ordained. We believers are to live in the world, but not be part of it. People offer up the general statement that “God is Love,” yet they don’t understand what the word really means.
What is love? Let us allow the Bible to remind us with this excerpt from 1 Corinthians 13:4-13:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. Love never fails… And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
Believers, keep in mind how the world views you on your social media pages. As one young lady commented to me, “If Jesus can’t sit beside me while I say it, read it, watch it, or write it... then I shouldn’t be doing it.” If something you say could be viewed by another as flirty; if your language can offend; if what you post on your social media displays or projects a message or hint of love other than the deep emotion that it truly is between two people …then !!!
Police yourself. and are not simply fun pictures. Don’t be duped by that nonsense. These symbols and endearment words have meaning to all who view them. I personally use them only in private messages to my boyfriend and my family. Who are you sending them out to? Don’t do it because it’s “what everyone does on the Internet.” You’re not supposed to be “everyone.” It does matter how those outside your household view you. It’s your testimony; the representation of your beliefs. Scale it back! Give love meaning! Let your pictures and words say what you mean for them to say to the person you mean to say it to, and not a “friend” that you met online. Yes, you’re expected to love these people as God teaches us to do, but they aren’t the one you’re in a real love relationship with. They don’t fall within the proper category for you to give them the label of “the greatest of these” …LOVE.