Social networking is a great ''invention" and has helped many people stay connected all across the world. Just as Facebook, Google+(not sure yet on this one), Twitter, and whatever else comes along are helpful, they can bring about obstacles to reality. We have a culture that is obsessed with creating an unrealistic profile online. It is much like wearing a mask that reveals a different person for others to see than who we are in reality. It is basically an unrealistic reality that we want people to perceive about us. I've heard this statement before, "perception is reality." It can be true but it really is not. We can "front" all we want about what we want to be, but God ultimately knows us! "You have searched me, LORD, and you know me.2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely." Psalm 139:1-4 (NIV)
Do we care more about what people think than our Savior? It is easy to try to be something that we are not. Honesty should be a non-negotiable for those who claim to follow Christ. Why do we think we can try and lie to people when God already sees our heart?
When we understand our sinful state and clearly receive God's grace, we will grasp the reality of God! The world thrives on unrealistic reality through media everyday. God created us for worship, not of ourselves but Him! We must build our identity upon who He is and what He has done through the cross and resurrection! He makes us realize we are valuable and worthy. Reality is no longer just perceived but becomes crystal clear through a relationship with Christ!