Public Righteousness

This thought dish is smaller, but it may be harder to chew and perhaps impossible to swallow.

Today, the professor who best challenges my critical thinking skills reminded his students of a simple, biblical concept. That Jesus calls His followers to a higher standard than humanity holds for itself, in general. This is exemplified in the Sermon on the Mount. If you’re not familiar with it, brush up by reading Matthew 5, 6, and 7.

I decided I would brush up myself by reading it after class. Every time I go over this passage of scripture, something different hits me. Today, it was Matthew 6:1-

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in Heaven.”

My first thought? Facebook. But really…any social media sites.

Every day I read Facebook updates or tweets from fellow believers in Christ that are very related to their spirituality, their faith, their personal growth or just citing scripture or some inspirational quote. And every couple days I contribute to this spiritual feed through my own Facebook account. Some statuses have significantly encouraged me, some have left me shocked, others are neither here nor there. I’m sure my statuses provoke similar reactions to those reading  skimming them.


Could publicly posting one’s spiritual walk and struggles possibly be called “practicing your righteousness  before other people in order to be seen  by them”? Heart attitude is everything, but perhaps social media helps many believers glorify themselves.

Hooray for yet another gray area. I think Jesus kept many things gray for a reason. To each his own…to each his own heart before the Lord. If these issues were black and white, there wouldn’t be much need for letting the Lord do some work on our hearts, huh?

Psalm 139:23-24

Search me, O God, and know my heart!
    Try me and know my thoughts!
 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting!

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