Thursday, August 10, 2006

I'm Leaving Myspace

I'm Leaving Myspace

This morning, after months of having the burden on my heart, I'm leaving Myspace. Here's what everyone on my Friends List and anyone who views my page will see:

After one year of having a Myspace account, I've decided that it's time for me to leave. For the past few months, it's been a huge burden on my heart that I should no longer be a member of Myspace and spend time on the site. I believe this burden is completely a God-given.

As Myspace gets bigger and more populated, I become more and more sickened by the things allowed on the site, the advertisements of half-naked men and woman, and the disturbing profiles of a lot of the members. I’m shocked that the very people who call themselves a Christian will post pictures of themselves that don’t make them look different from any other person on the internet. What ever happened to modesty in Christians? Sure, we must work out our own convictions. But if you’re calling yourself a son or daughter of the King, shouldn’t you want to honor God with your profile and pictures?

I’m leaving Myspace because I’m afraid that I could eventually allow myself to become immune to seeing people fulfill their worldly pleasures. I can’t say anything about it to them in a loving way, because I appear “judgmental”, or I’m “condemning” them. Let me tell you, if you feel this message is directly pointed towards you, that not me condemning you, it may be the Holy Spirit putting pressure on your heart, as this message will go to ALL my friends through their Bulletin.

As Christians, we are called to constantly examine our hearts. The writer of Hebrews 3:13 says we are to “exhort one another daily, while is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” Do you see a picture of a woman in a swimsuit on here and it not hurt your heart that THOUSANDS of men our staring at her body and thinking evil thoughts, or do you look at it enviously and covet her body? Are you married and look at another’s profile and lust after their body, but you would NEVER allow your husband or wife to post the same photo of them? People what’s wrong with us? Are we like Lot and living in Sodom?

I’m not asking anyone else to leave Myspace, all I’m asking is that you examine your hearts. If you can maintain a profile and NOT be influenced by the sin, so be it. But I have been influenced by the Myspace World, and God has called me to leave it in order to protect my heart.


Tami said...

Good for you Melissa!!! I think it is a great thing that you are following how the Lord has led you in this area. I would feel the same way.

Being a pastor's wife I hear all kinds of excuses for why its okay for a person to surround themselves with sinful things (like they need to justify themselves to me or something.) The biggest one I hear is, "seeing nudity or hearing cussing doesn't effect me." My response ~ that is sad. Sin should effect us, it should BOTHER us enough to not want to have it around us.

I think you have made a wise decision.

mdhatter said...

on the other hand, pride is a sin.

Anonymous said...

Explain, Mdhatter...

Mrs. U said...

I am so happy that you are following the Lord so closely and listening to His voice!!! It's too easy to get caught up in the stuff of this earth. PRAISE THE LORD for ladies like yourself who want to follow Jesus Christ no matter what the cost.

Mrs. U

Dandelion Seeds said...

This is off topic, but I am writing to let you know that there is a 48 hour prayer chain started for Susan Godfrey (you are on her blog's list of friends). Please spread the word so we can cover this family in prayer.

In Him,

Crystal said...

I saw you were on Susan's friend's list and I also wanted to let you know that we are putting together a special encouragement box for the Godfreys. More information is here

Thank you for helping to uphold this dear family.


LeanNot said...

I couldn't agree with you more. I wouldn't touch MySpace with a ten-foot pole. People write things on there that they would never dare to say out loud. I think that evil pervades the environment, even though there are some good people who use it for good purposes. But you don't go through the garbage for your dinner.

Stevo said...

Good, it's about time. Hopefully a few others will get the hint and move away from the childish network and find real friends - not freinds who come and go with the click of a mouse and only send your messages consisting of, "Thanks for the add", "wassup".

That's why I created this post - I'm glad I never got into MySpace.


Steven Gabbard (someone who knows you like a sister)

jade said...

This is the other reason why I would not join My Space - My Space electronically gives you a Zodiac sign to operate under. Now, according to the bible, an
"observer of times" which is a person that uses the stars and planets to dictate their future is an abomination to God. Why? Because zodiac signs dictate your future and sits right in God's
place in your life. You can't follow God or "acknowledge" him in all your ways if your ways are told to you by the alignment of stars and planets!The children of
Israel tried this and God told them that they would be cursed for it.
God will not share his directing of your life with man made abominations that read and speak your future! He will not
allow you to serve the stars and planet gods and symbols and follow him. He said it's impossible to do both so when
myspace chooses to show your sign or you pick up the newspaper and read your future, you are replacing God and operating under a curse.