The Internet: Gasoline On The Fire Of Our Heart’s Desires

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my use of the internet. I am an absolute tech geek. But how do I spend my time? What role does the internet have in overpowering my desires for Christ?

A lot, I think.

I’ve come to think of it this way: surfing the internet is like pouring gasoline on the fire of my heart’s sinful desires. So quickly, my seemingly harmless interest in technology, humor, etc, turns in to next hour binging on “looking in to” something1.

The Internet Is A Fertile Breeding Ground For Our Covetousness.

If our heart is factory churning out idols2, adding the internet is the equivalent of going from a river-powered sawmill to today’s robotic assembly lines.

Want to see someone with a better house than yours? Click here.

Want to see the latest and greatest fashions you shouldn’t waste your money on? Click here.

Want to see which of your friends / frenemies is at your favorite band’s concert right now? Scroll here.

Want to which island paradise this this hot, young Celeb went to for his/her Labor Day Weekend? Click here.

Our Covetousness Should Scare Us

I’ve been listening to Ephesians on my morning walks. What I’ve never noticed before was the huge warning sign Paul puts on covetousness:3

Ephesians 5:3-5

3 But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. 4 Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. 5 For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

What has been shocking to me the degree to which Paul emphasizes covetousness. He is referring to it same level as sexual immorality, which is defined by many people in the church as the most heinous sin. So why do I take coveting my neighbors app or phone or skinny latte so flippantly? Why do I say I’m just “admiring” their nice house, dinner, or vacation spot, when in reality, I’m wishing that I was there, enjoying the comforts that this world has to offer? Why do I not see the seriousness of my sin and how it distracts me from loving Christ and finding my satisfaction in Him? Oh Lord, change my heart.

May we kill sin, wherever and however we find it in our hearts. When I find that I’m coveting more than praising God for what I see on the internet, I’ve removed apps from my phone, unsubscribed from blogs, and generally tried to take a few steps back from those things. May we only covet more of Jesus.

  1. I’m convinced that tabbed browsing was invented by Satan as a way to distract us very quickly from our task at hand. ↩
  2. supposedly from John Calvin’s Institutes, but I can’t find it anywhere in there… ↩
  3. I’m ignoring his condemnation of sexual immorality here because our culture still, to a degree, thinks that some types sexual immorality is wrong ↩

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