The Fast-Food Version of the Bible: Christian Memes

Rushing, frantic really, late for dropping the kids of at daycare.  Fighting traffic. Finally making it to work. Purse, keys, cup of her favorite coffee and briefcase loaded in her arms. Rummaging through her belongings, trying to find her ID card so she can clock in. She barely makes it with 5 seconds to spare. Clocking in, hands full, thoughts and heart overwhelmed.  
Trying to gather her thoughts before she really puts herself into a productive mode, she reaches for her smartphone. 

Her social media newsfeeds are loaded with all her favorite Christian authors, speakers, and bloggers. She enjoys all the encouraging scripture verses they share every day. Scrolling through, she finds one or two that she can relate to or that is "needed" for today. Logging out, switching her phone to vibrate, she works hard to conquer her day. 

Finishing her shift, fighting traffic, picking the kids up at school, rushing home to make dinner and then off to the kid's soccer games. Never stopping. No quiet time to pray and read the bible for herself. Her overwhelmed schedule just won't allow it. 

Only relying on Christian Meme's to get your bible reading time in.
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Christian memes or images with superimposed words on them will never replace you being intentional about spending time with God
It will never replace reading and studying God's Word for yourself. 
It will not replace you praying, baring your soul, to God. 
I'm concerned this may be a big problem in today's fast-paced, modern Christian society. It simply will not cut it anymore, not sure it ever really did. This fast food version of the Bible and Quiet time with God. Rushing about, not really knowing where time is going, but fully understanding that you simply do not have the time to sit at the feet of Jesus.

Here my heart sweet sister's in Christ.

Instagram, Facebook, Twitter nor Pinterest. They will not replace your Bible. The 5-second glimpse of a bible verse in your newsfeed with its fancy font over a background of some wanderer trailing through a field. Will not give you what you need to get you through the day.

These Christian memes or images with superimposed words on them, will not satisfy your soul, give you rest, be your refuge nor forgive you of your sins.

You only get these things by being intentional about your quiet time with the Lord and living a life approved by Him. It is a priority above all priorities in a mature Christian's life.

Living a life approved by our Heavenly Father includes quiet time with Him. In quiet time you are just that, quiet. You are reading and studying His word. Going before Him with humbleness, contrite spirit and trembling at His Word. Praying, baring your soul, to God. Allowing Him, through this time, to renew your thoughts, spirit, and soul.

Going before Him broken, struggling with your flesh, and leaving Him renewed and restored. Strengthened to face another day. It's a beautiful exchange that can only take place by sitting at His feet. Not by the fast food bible of social media.

Not that these images, meme's, are wrong in and of themselves, I too enjoy and create these images. It can be a nice mental break or pick me up on your lunch break while perusing social media, but they must not be our only source of God and His word on any given day. They must not!!

God is calling us deeper, much deeper.

  • Who Does God Look to With Favor?

"Has not my hand made all these things and so they came into being?” declares the Lord. These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word." Isaiah 66:2 NIV

Will you join me, sister's, in going deeper? Being intentional about your relationship, bible reading and quiet time with God. Setting aside time for just you and your audience of One. Seeking Him. Kneeling before Him with humbleness, a contrite heart and trembling at His word?  #Isaiah66:2Challenge 

Starla Jimenez

10 comments:

  1. I wonder if people being exposed only to fast food Bible time don't know there is anything better. If more people wrote interesting pieces on Bible study, I think more people would pick up their Bible and read for themselves. Well that's why I write and that's what I hope.

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  2. I'm with you Starla. As much as I'd like to think I read enough, I know in my heart it could be more...so much more. Thank you for this reminder that He comes first, before work, before blogging, before family...He comes first.

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  3. 'minds me of what they always say in McDonald's - "you want fries with that?" But sadly, too many people depend on the milk of the Word of God and NOT the meat :(

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  4. what a great way to put it, he comes before everything and anything.

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  5. So true Starla! We want a hurry up and bless me so I can go about my business, but if our own children did that, we'd be heartbroken. Thanks for the reminder to come, sit and stay a while.

    Marie
    @spreadingJOY
    spreading-joy.org

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  6. Such an important truth. Memes are meant to be thoughtful reminders. Never a replacement for the real thing!! Good word.

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  7. Yes, yes, yes! Such important truths here. Pretty memes can be encouraging, but if they're all we nourish ourselves on we're left with a "cheerleader Jesus" and miss out on learning the height and breadth of His holiness and majesty!

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  8. I totally agree! It's great to have those little reminders throughout the day but they are no substitute for proper quality time with God.

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  9. Yes, I go to my quite place and I give him a sweet hour of prayer!

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