Selfies and Pride – a sinful trend?

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Today I was listening to an oldie but goodie” song. It was Yolanda Adams’ song “Take Away”.

The song is like a systematic prayer petitioning God to remove anything inside us that’s not like His nature.

It’s an amazing song for meditative prayer and a great precursor to your quiet time with the Lord.

You know, one of the things that often slips by our spiritual “radar” is pride.

You don’t hear many sermons about it. If you’re like me, you don’t likely think about it at all. Pride is like a sneaky, hard-to-detect little trap.

It’s no wonder it’s hard to spot, the current culture actually breeds and cultivates this sin in a variety of forms.All my selfies

Question: if, this very minute, you showed me the photos in your phone, would there be tons of selfies?

Before I begin my opinion, let me say clearly: I do not think selfies themselves are sin. It is the unbalanced preoccupation with one’s self that gets us into trouble.

The other day, I was watching one of those morning shows and guess what one of the topics was. You’ve got it: selfies.

They started the segment with an interview of a girl who admitted taking like 800 selfies a day in order to get just the right one to post. Wild, huh?

I’m not shocked. Some people can’t go a single day without snapping a photograph of themselves.  What’s my source? Social media! Check your feed and you’re bound to see at least two or three.

No judgement. I’ve struggled with it too. Sometimes, I snap a selfie to see how my makeup looks how my hair is hanging. Sometimes, I’m just feeling super cute and out comes the phone.

Although relatively harmless, snapping tons of pics of oneself can’t be mentally healthy and I think borders on a prideful spirit.

Could you imagine Jesus taking a whole bunch of selfies on His way to Samaria?

Could you seeing Him smiling into His phone every five minutes (I know they dint have them, but bear with me?)

Or how about apostle Paul snapping a selfie while being stoned for the cause of Christ?

It’s sort of insane, isn’t it? The two do not align – Jesus and selfies. Research shows us He kept His gaze so tightly locked on the Father that it seems almost comical to think He would take time to snap pictures of Himself.

Maybe I should do the same..

Instead of being so consumed with ourselves all the time, maybe we should strive to focus more on the Lord. If not, the Lord, something else positive. What do you think?

Hey, 1000 years from now, our great-great grandchildren will not care about our selfies as much as they will care about the legacy we infused into the family line.

Wouldn’t you rather have them talk about the strong woman of faith that you were and not how you took so many stupid selfies you took or how pretty you looked? I know I would.

AGAIN – selfies in themselves are not sin. The spirit of pride is and it can manifest in a lot of ways. Selfies is just one way.

Ask Holy Spirit to reveal areas in your life, like sneaky pride, that are displeasing the Lord.

Stop being so conceited…

It’s time we grow past spiritual childishness and toward a firm, mature faith.  A mature faith focuses less on self and more on following the Holy Spirit’s lead.

Pride can get in the way. It can affect our desire to love, worship, serve and apologize when we are wrong. It can also make us look “down” on others.

Be careful of pride and self-worship -in any form. I challenge us all to get ourselves off our minds. Instead, get more of Him on our minds.

I don’t expect young or immature Christians to agree, but I’m curious what the prevailing thoughts are.

FINAL THOUGHT: We need to start creating more opportunities for something called “Godsies”, not selfies. Hey, I just created something! Need to get it trademarked – Godsies! LOL

 “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18

“….clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5

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