Something has been truly troubling me lately.
There is a particular practice, a trend, that many of my friends have begun to take part in and, friends, it honestly terrifies me. I worry that they have forgotten who God is, what Jesus came to do, and what the B.I.B.LE. is an acronym for. The watering hole of humanity has become poisoned with indulgence and self-glorification and unfortunately, none of it is Biblical. But culture, The WOrld, has sold them on it. The world has told them that it is, essentially, all good.
I am trying to be understanding. It is hard. Grace is a long and prickly path. But I want to reach that soft, puckered ground of Truth in Love, but then I see it again, I see it and I weep, I see it and my heart breaks into a trillion billion million pieces.
I’m going to explain something now. You may not agree. But I hope you will all understand, I hope, you will all accept my concern and validate it because I’m telling God’s truth.
We need to have a conversation about Selfies.
For those that don’t know, a Selfie is when one takes a picture of themselves with a mobile device. Normally, they take several pictures, and then more, over and over, minutes burned in this practice until, they finally find the one that fits their definition of beautiful. But that is not the end, friends. Oh no. In order to accentuate their, I’ll use their language: “hotness”, they manipulate the image, they use “filters”, unnatural hues, in an effort to make themselves hot and edgy and dateable. They want to look cultured and sexy and yet they do not see the error of their ways.
You might be thinking, Oh RR- are you crazy? Do you actually expect me to believe that God is upset with my Selfies?, to which I would respond, yes. You’ve hurt him in immeasurable ways. You’ve become your own idol, you love yourself when, in fact, God would rather you not let yourself so much, say, off the hook.
We have lost our way in this world when our self-worth is measured by heart-shaped likes rather than God smacking us on the back of our heads. Don’t get me wrong, I love those that indulge in a Selfie-centered life, but I worry for them too.
Because, it’s hard, but Selfies are not Biblical. Here are a few verses from God’s clear truth.
When we are just trying to get “likes” but forgetting about the inner likes.
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1 Peter 3:3-4 (NT so it’s legit.)
“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10
There are risks, exposure of sin, especially for just-waking-up-selfies.
“6 Then Moses said to Aaron and his sons Eleazar and Ithamar, “Do not let your hair become unkempt[a] and do not tear your clothes, or you will die and the Lord will be angry with the whole community. But your relatives, all the Israelites, may mourn for those the Lord has destroyed by fire.” Leviticus 10:6
This is what I mean about filters.
“35 “‘Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight or quantity. 36 Use honest scales and honest weights, an honest ephah[a] and an honest hin.[b] I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt.” Leviticus 19:35-36
Now, hear me clearly. Am I saying that all those living the selfie-centered lifestyle are corrupt and dangling blindly, holding their phones to their faces over the pit of hell? Yes. It is Biblical.