Selfie or Selfless? Christianity today seems to be a bit confused as many continue to listen to society instead of the Bible. Many believe as long as society says it’s ok then it must be godly, but as Christians we should not listen to the world, but rather the word of God. “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud,...” (2 Timothy 3:1,2). As Christians we must be cautious to what things we participate in even as simple as the great “selfie” photos everyone feels obligated to take. Taking a more indepth look will bring about a greater understanding that even the simplest things can bring about disastrous results.
“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.” (Philippians 2:3). Now understanding that “selfie” is a form of selfishness, but keeping in mind that this does not mean that selfies are forbidden, instead one must understand how much is too much and why they are taking the photo. Most people take selfies to receive recognition and to show what they are doing, which is ok to a certain extent. There are many that do it on a constant rate to prove they are “somebody” to everybody, but this is ridiculous as well as selfish. No one should have to prove their self worth to others, but instead know that they are worthy in God’s kingdom and loved dearly by Him.
When we are children of God we have nothing to fear as well as nothing to prove for our life is His and in His hands. Many, Many girls are prone to go overboard with the selfie as a way to impress boys as well as friends, but if parents would sit them down and teach their girls that they do not have to impress anybody and that God will bring them the right man in due time. We should all have less selfies and more selflessness.
“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.” (Romans 8:5). We should let go of the flesh and hold onto the Spirit as we are here to please God and not people. Understand that even something as small as overdoing the selfie later becomes a love of beauty and self and a forgetfulness of God. As stated before that taking some pictures to allow friends and family see some things that are done and where you are at is one thing, but to go crazy and take selfies each and everyday is too much of a focus on self and not enough on God and others. Just as a drug can lead to greater drugs, so can self indulgence lead to great love for self and other fleshly lust. “Lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.” (2 Corinthians 2:11).