Putting the Web in Web
Read Proverbs 4:14-28 and think about facebook and myspace, especially for youth. I’m going to highlight parts that catch my attention.
Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall. For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence. But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble. My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
If you didn’t read the text, go back and do that. The first part of Proverbs targets the youth culture. God knows that people have certain problems when they become teens, certain new temptations. They need the help of their parents. In their trek to become an adult, and a godly one, they don’t need the dumbing down of the opinions of other young people. Nothing in scripture tells young people to look for the company of other teenagers. The Bible doesn’t recommend youth groups. If anything, God’s Word says no to it. We see the rejection of a peer group in Proverbs 1:8-16:
My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck. My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit: We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse: My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.
Did you read those verses? If not, go back and do it. Teens have their family. During these unique times, they need to listen to their parents. See how many times Proverbs 1-7 tells a young man to listen to dad and mom. Again and again. Teens need a group, the same one that adults need. It’s the church. In Psalm 73, Asaph seems to have been going through some of the same kind of covetous desires that a lot of teenagers go through when they’re growing up, thinking they’re being ripped off. Asaph got caught up meditating upon how good it was in the world, very much like the prodigal son. What was the solution for him?
When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction. Psalm 73:16-18
Teenagers feel pain, all alone and no one understands what they’re going through. They turn to facebook and myspace. Where did Asaph find what He needed? The house of the Lord. There he heard something from God. Today it’s the church and you hear God’s Word to give you the right perspective on life, what’s really important.
The internet is a worldwide web and it’s a place to get caught in something you don’t want. You think you are getting something, but in so many instances you’re just getting gotten. Bad boy-girl relationships. Busybodying. Introduction to sins. Havens for lust. It’s the same for adults too, but young people are getting heavy doses of exactly what scripture warns them in particular about.
Social sites are a glove fit for the youth culture, because so much of what teens think they are missing, they can get virtual loads of. And they are not ready to handle it. I haven’t met one teenager who the social networking scene really helps. They’re supposed to be becoming an adult, but they are served more immaturity and childishness, very much lacking in responsibility and sobriety.
Teens look out for acceptance. They need to look up and see they already have it in Christ. In Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily and we are complete in Him. They need to look to their family like Proverbs commands them. Facebook gives them another source to find acceptance. It won’t give them what they need. It is a lie in that way. We have to learn to say “no” to the different ways that sinners entice us.
Young people think they need their space. Now they have their space on myspace. And what does it turn into? Everyone needs accountability. No one needs a place where he is uninspected. In Proverbs 7 you see the young man without anyone around. He is loitering in a place that he shouldn’t be. He might be very intelligent, but there are places that will turn down any of our IQs and could reduce us, like it did him, to a piece of bread. We should stay away from those places—or spaces—wherever they may be.
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