A Teenager's Thoughts on "Social Networking," "Blogs," and "Forums"
This is something I read in Isaiah…stirred some thoughts.
“Woe to those who [seek to] hide deep from the Lord their counsel, whose deeds are in the dark, and who say, Who sees us? Who knows us? [Oh, your perversity!] You turn things upside down!” Isaiah 29:15-16a
The NLT reads for verse 16, “How stupid can you be?” Thought this is such a very clear picture of “social networking” and so-called “christian” forums today. Perverse people spouting off their “expert counsel” under the façade of “spirituality” with bags over their heads saying, “No one knows me. No one can see me. Na-na-na-na.” A wolf dressed like a sheep. Twisting Truth into lies, attacking if you don’t agree with their “knowledge”, hiding in the dark, seducing. Unfortunately, having experienced this first-hand (though NO “experience” is needed to know and follow TRUTH), I know the detrimental affects—the limp you are left with (but that limp causes you to “lean on your staff and worship”! : ))—and it is not worth it!!! for a short stroking of the ego, illusionary “feelings”, or whatever else. And it is soooo worth it to sacrifice all for Him and those who are His (my Family!).
“Woe to those…whose deeds are in the dark…” BUT…the battle is already won!
Now will I arise, says the Lord. Now will I lift up Myself; now will I be exalted.
You conceive chaff, you bring forth stubble; your breath is a fire that consumes you.
And the people will be burned as if to lime, like thorns cut down that are burned in the fire.
Hear, you who are far off [says the Lord], what I have done; and you who are near, acknowledge My might!
The sinners in Zion are afraid; trembling seizes the godless ones. [They cry] Who among us can dwell with that devouring fire? Who among us can dwell with those everlasting burnings?
He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, who despises gain from fraud and from oppression, who shakes his hand free from the taking of bribes, who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed and shuts his eyes to avoid looking upon evil.
[Such a man] will dwell on the heights; his place of defense will be the fortresses of rocks; his bread will be given him; water for him will be sure.
Your eyes will see the King in His beauty; [your eyes] will behold a land of wide distances that stretches afar.
Your mind will meditate on the terror: [asking] Where is he who counted? Where is he who weighed the tribute? Where is he who counted the towers?
You will see no more the fierce and insolent people, a people of a speech too deep and obscure to be comprehended, of a strange and stammering tongue that you cannot understand.
Look upon Zion, the city of our set feasts and solemnities! Your eyes shall see Jerusalem, a quiet habitation, a tent that shall not be taken down; not one of its stakes shall ever be pulled up, neither shall any of its cords be broken.
But there the Lord will be for us in majesty and splendor a place of broad rivers and streams, where no oar-propelled boat can go, and no mighty and stately ship can pass.
For the Lord is our Judge, the Lord is our Lawgiver, the Lord is our King; He will save us.
Your hoisting ropes hang loose; they cannot strengthen and hold firm the foot of their mast or keep the sail spread out. Then will prey and spoil in abundance be divided; even the lame will take the prey.
And no inhabitant [of Zion] will say, I am sick; the people who dwell there will be forgiven their iniquity and guilt. (Isaiah 33:10-24)