"Steady scrolling, that's what my baby told me. Scrolling with the motion!" I definitely sang that to the tune of "Slow roll it" by the Love Doctor. Please just laugh with me for a second here. But in all seriousness, as the body of Christ, there is a serious intervention that's needed. Some of us have become so addicted to scrolling that we don't recognize the damaging effects it has on our spirit. (Galatians 6:8)
Science has it's own ideology concerning this phenomena that troubles us all. But I've deduced it down to one thing. We have simply all become victims of a great spiritual void. Whenever there's a void in your life, there's a natural human propensity to fill it. If you're hungry, you eat. If you're sad, you find something to make you happy. If you're hurting, you resolve to your usual methods to relieve the pain.
We've become so attached to technology and social media, we no longer enjoy the quietness of God's presence. This then introduces us to highly co-dependent behaviors (scrolling etc) that don't help us at all. Instead, these behaviors only further add to the spiritual void we are experiencing.
To release ourselves from this subtle form of bondage, we must first acknowledge that the shackles exist. Then we must begin to seek God with everything we have. Only then will we experience the filling we so desperately seek.
““Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk Without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance. Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you— The sure mercies of David.”
Isaiah 55:1-3 NKJV
“For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.”
Galatians 6:8 NKJV
Reflection Question(s): We invite you to discuss below.
Do you currently struggle with excessive scrolling? When did this addictive behavior begin for you? What keeps you engaging in this activity? How has this behavior affected your spiritual relationship with God? What strategies can you put in place to break yourself free from this addiction?