We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5 NLT
Social media provides us with a wealth of opportunities where proud obstacles are keeping people from knowing God and where rebellious thoughts are contradicting obedience to Christ. Most of us do not have to look very far to find people ranting and complaining about things not going their way and only seeing what they believe is wrong, unfair and only harming them. Most of us don’t have to look very far to find people glamorizing and promoting things that are harmful, disobedient, unloving, selfish or disobedient.
What about our own influence — what are we pouring out in our household, in our workplace, in our social life?
But what are we doing to “destroy” such things?
You may have found that arguing against someone who immediately sees you as an enemy doesn’t destroy the proud obstacles, but it just inflates the pride and entrenches the obstacle, and creates more division between you and them. In most of these situations, you can’t just PREACH AT the proud obstacle — you usually can’t just judge the person’s faults and weaknesses and call them out in public like you’re the smart “fixer”. This is because you can’t destroy pride with pride — or just inflates.
We destroy proud obstacles with humility.
Teaching someone to obey Christ many times looks like — sharing our own weaknesses — giving testimony about how our belief in Christ and the cross impacts our perspective and life — and finding common ground to come alongside others as available for friendship.
Lord, open our eyes to see the tactics of the enemy so that we might avoid the traps for ourselves and also be equipped to help others. Teach us so that our life is full of testimony of your love, your grace, your holiness, the Cross, the Blood, the Word, and The Way. Amen.