Wednesday, March 30, 2016

I’ve Got To Brag A Little?

  The very nature of social media is about telling others about yourself.  You tell your likes, display your favorites, show where you have been and what you have been doing.  We talk of our children and grandchildren, post our vacation photos, and chart our accomplishment in the office or at the gym.  We exhibit the photos of our new ride, tell how our blog had a record number of hits or share our opinions on the latest matter.

  We do that in part because we are “friends” and those bonds want to reach out to each other.  Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep (Romans 12:15).  It can be fun and fulfilling way to share with others and share in their lives as well.

  But can I give a bit of warning?



  In those endeavors, it can be very easy to slip into the mentality of pride and boasting.  We think of ourselves a little higher than we ought.  We like to show off our accomplishments, our assets, our affluence. We post to expand our celebrity not to share our lives.  The wholesome sharing becomes an unwholesome brag fest.    

  When we become boastful, we are in very dangerous waters

But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil.
James 4:16
  Prideful bragging is a sinful condition that is and always was a very big deal with God.  Often when we think about the dangerous of technology, we overlook a how easy it makes boasting about ourselves.  Now not just our neighbors can hear about us but the whole world can as well.  This will only increase the temptation to brag.

  Bible is full of examples of those that got a little too full of themselves being deflated by God.  Don’t make God have to burst your bubble.

  "GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE."

James 4:6

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