With social media, it has been so easy to make one’s “cause” known. The more we post about a certain topic, the more our social media identity becomes synonymous with our cause. For example, the more I post about healthy living, the more I become the healthy living lady. Or the more I post about my pregnancy, my sole identity becomes the pregnant lady (although if you take one look at me, that is pretty much all you’ll see). These are fine things to be and they are part of who I am, but I don’t want them to be all of who I am. There are various causes I care about, but lately as I have been feeling sucked into our world of false gospels, I have been wondering if the things I am shouting about are worth all the time and energy I spend shouting about them.
There is a phrase in Christian theological culture that goes like this: Major on the majors and minor on the minors. What this means is that there are some theological issues that are foundational and critical to Christianity, and conversely there are some things we can agree to disagree on. So let’s say I apply this principle to my social media posts. The more I make a big hype about the minor issues of the day, the more I start to lose focus on what the majors are. And I am not only talking about social media, actually. Lately, the words I have been speaking to others and the things I have been showing my passion for have been minor things. I, like many other human beings, have the tendency to lose my focus.
Therefore, I need to ask myself this: what is my major? What do I want to be known for? If I express my opinions and my dissatisfaction with the state of this world, what is it that I am speaking out for? At the end of the day, how have I used my voice? I have been mulling these things over for a few weeks now, but gained much clarity as I recently read this verse from 1 Corinthians 1:31, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” To boast is to speak with pride about something. Right now we live in a world where many people are very proud about their opinions to the point that they despise others who might disagree with them. I don’t want to be like that. If there is one thing that I am proud about…one thing that I will boast about, it must be in the fact that God has saved and redeemed my undeserving soul and showered his grace upon me. Of course I have thoughts and opinions on many things and very important causes, but the one thing that I want to most care about is the cause of Christ.
“I will not boast in anything,
No gifts, no power, no wisdom;
But I will boast in Jesus Christ,
His death and resurrection.”
How Deep the Father’s Love by Stuart Townend