I’m so grateful I grew up without social media. When I was a kid, if you had a problem with someone, you may have complained to your friends, but you also went and talked to the person. You didn’t air your dirty laundry on the internet for everyone to read. When I became a Christian, a mentor advised me to stop gossiping and start praying. Take troubles, cares, questions, and concerns about everything and everyone to God. This should happen first. We have lost the art of crying out to God and have replaced it with crying out to the masses on social media, looking for sympathy and validation of the hurt. When I go to God first, I’ve noticed that my part in the offense is revealed clearly and quickly. Instead of getting people to be on my side, God shows me my fault and what I should do about it. Instead of getting defensive, a spirit of confession and godly sorrow takes over. When you are troubled, who do you run to? Your echo chamber on social media or the Creator of the cosmos?
Psalm 120:1: “I took my troubles to the Lord; I cried out to him, and he answered my prayer.”