Have no other gods beside me
by Chris Forder
This term at Youth Group we are doing a series on Social Media. The first talk was on the 1st of the 10 commandments “You shall have no other gods beside me” Exodus 20:3. The problem for the Israelites wasn’t that they didn’t believe in God, he had just rescued them from slavery in Egypt. They knew he was real and was God. Their problem was, they were worshipping other gods as well as him that they had picked up in Egypt. God is clear that we are not to give our hearts or worship to anyone or anything other than him.
Today many of us are Christians. We believe in Jesus and seek to live for him faithfully. But have other gods slipped into our lives without us even knowing it? For our young people and many adults now too, social media (facebook, youtube, twitter, Instagram, snapchat, messenger, etc) consumes so much of their lives. It is the first thing they look at when they wake up and the last thing they look at when they go to bed.
The problem for Christians today isn’t that they don’t believe in Jesus, it’s that they worship others gods (social media) along side him. A way to test this is to give up social media for a month. If you can’t do it, then it is a false god in your life. If you can with no problems then it is not.
Please don’t hear me wrong. I am not saying that social media is evil. I am not teaching on Friday nights that to use social media is a sin. Social media is good, it isn’t inherently wrong. There are many good things about social media, in fact, TGS has it’s own facebook page.
What I am saying is there is a danger for social media to become a false god in our life that takes us away from the one true God. We run to social media for an escape not God, social media as a refuge not Yahweh. Although social media is good, it can be corrupted, and has, as I am sure you are aware of.
So please test yourself. But, maybe it’s not social media for you. Maybe something else has entered your life and is taking your heart and worship away from God alone. Confront that, try giving it away for a month. If you can’t then you know you have a problem. But don’t do the worst thing you can do. Don’t just accept this is the way things are now. Let us not just accept false gods into our lives. Let us put them to death and have no other gods but the one true God of the Bible.
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