Mindless Chatter

May 1, 2024 | The Chuck Wagon

“But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness”
2 Tim. 2:16; NASB

Do you spend more personal time on social media and internet related content than you do reading God’s word and praying? If your answer is yes, you are among the majority. In today’s passage, Paul is warning his spiritual son Timothy of the danger of spending too much time interacting with those in the world. Back when Paul wrote this, they didn’t have all the technology we have today, so all contact was personal. Today we have social media, which is a cesspool of demonic thoughts and actions; and it is addictive and impersonal. You might have good intentions when you start scrolling, but it is likely to lure you into areas of thought which are not conducive to a holy life.

The content we allow into our minds has a significant effect on our thoughts and behaviors. This is true of our conversations, the books and articles we read, the movies and videos we watch, and the music we choose to enjoy. Collectively, these activities help mold our attitudes and opinions about life. If most of that input comes from worldly sources, your worldview and thought processes are going to be worldly. On the personal side, there is nothing wrong with lighthearted conversations with people at work, or friendly banter with acquaintances. But it needs to stay lighthearted if those you interact with do not have Christ in their lives.

Paul wrote: “But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised” (1 Co. 2:14). As Christians, we should have a different view of the world. One that is from a biblical standpoint and therefore will not be understood by someone who has no fear of, or love for, God through Jesus Christ. Watching YouTube or Instagram videos or reading and responding to Facebook or Tik-Tok content will take you down a sad path to mental stagnation. The negativity, despair, anti-God and anti-Jesus rhetoric, along with the disgusting, ugly comments, will eventually lead to ungodly thoughts and emotional responses. It is all designed to keep you coming back for more nonsense produced by ungodly people.

Christians need to stay focused on the things of God and avoid mindless chatter. There is no doubt it is difficult when most of the world is ungodly. This is why it is so important that we take time every day to read the Bible and pray. The more time you spend with God, the more ridiculous all those other things become. The music you listen to should honor God. Your conversations should be positive and uplifting. Limiting or eliminating the time you allow for “worldly and empty chatter” will improve your daily life significantly. Give God more time than you give the world. God will bless the effort you put into changing this part of your life.

God bless and have a great week

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