Man Shall Not Live by Facebook Alone

LOVED this post by John Piper. Loved it so much that I’m just reposting it in its entirety below:

Are apps a threat to God-focus? Yes. But it works both ways. Fight fire with fire.

If you are reading your Bible on your computer or your smartphone or your iPad, the presence of the email app and the news apps and the Facebook app threaten every moment to drag your attention away from the word of God.

True. Fight that. If your finger offends you, cut it off. Or use any other virtuous violence (Matthew 11:12) that sets you free to rivet your soul on God.

But don’t take mainly a defensive posture. Fight fire with fire.

Why should we think of the Facebook app threatening the Bible app? Why not the Bible app threatening the Facebook app, and the email app, and the RSS feeder, and the news?

Resolve that today you will press the Bible app three times during the day. No five times. Ten times! Maybe you will lose control and become addicted to Bible! Again and again get a two-minute dose of life-giving Food. Man shall not live by Facebook alone.

I’m serious. Never has God’s voice been so easily accessible. The ESV app is free. TheOliveTree BibleReader app is free (Android users can get any version they want with the free YouVersion app). And so are lots of others. Let the Bible threaten your focus. Or better: Let the Bible bring you back to reality over and over during the day.


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  1. #1 by Brian Frahm on February 22, 2011 - 6:43 am

    Very convicting read over the weekend… I have re-arranged my phone and browser shortcuts to encourage myself to click first on God’s word before checking social media or even email.

    Great repost!

  2. #2 by Jeffery on February 22, 2011 - 7:16 am

    And, in addition, the nature of the human person flourishes beyond receiving “data dumps:” Example one: While Jesus Himself taught folks after his resurrection, it was not until they broke bread together face to face, that they recognized Him. Example two: John twice informs the church that though he has much to write to them (data dump, if you will), he would prefer to come and see them face to face. Now, we know that the Lord sanctions the use of the written word, after all he IS the Word, but he is also flesh, and we must be intentional at both: word and deed; digital and proximate.

    PS–Oswald Chambers’ devotional is available for iPad too!

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