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Lord's Day Liturgy

Left to Our Own Devices

The righteous don’t walk in the counsel of the wicked, which by way of application means that they must watch out for the influence of “influencers” on the digital sidewalk. It used to be that you had to go over to a friend’s house for their bad influence to rub off, and your parents probably didn’t let you follow around someone five or ten (or more) years older than you to hang out on the regular. There were some practical limits that are still practical but aren’t as practically limited today.

This is really a world wide web of issues. I want to exhort you, as parents and as a church and as young persons whose phones are often more smart than you, to get serious about knowing who you are.

You are blessed when you delight in and mediate on the law of the Lord. You are blessed as those who have been baptized into Christ. You are baptized as a disciple of Jesus, initiated into the life of learning to obey Him.

All you who believe in Christ, you are dead to your sin. All you who believe in Christ, you are raised to walk in newness of life. And all you who have been learning and growing in walking in Christ, you should help your children remember their identity as image-bearers (male or female) and as Christians.

As young people mature, they get should be helped to mature, not by being given a screen and a social media account and left alone in their room with the door shut. That isn’t a recipe for disaster, that is disaster, it’s disobedience, it’s the way to make sure a profession is choked out by the cares of the world (see Luke 8:14).

It’s been said that you can’t outrun your diet, so also you can’t out-quiet-time your timeline. As bad company corrupts good morals, so bad Instagram/TikTok/Twitter corrupts eternal truth.

Don’t feed your kids chaff, and don’t let them become chaff either. Left to our own devices the wind will drive us away.