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Daniel of Doulogos Name:Daniel
Home: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
About Me: I used to believe that evolution was reasonable, that homosexuality was genetic, and that people became Christians because they couldn't deal with the 'reality' that this life was all there was. I used to believe, that if there was a heaven - I could get there by being good - and I used to think I was more or less a good person. I was wrong on all counts. One day I finally had my eyes opened and I saw that I was not going to go to heaven, but that I was certainly going to suffer the wrath of God for all my sin. I saw myself as a treasonous rebel at heart - I hated God for creating me just to send me to Hell - and I was wretched beyond my own comprehension. Into this spiritual vacuum Jesus Christ came and he opened my understanding - delivering me from God's wrath into God's grace. I was "saved" as an adult, and now my life is hid in Christ. I am by no means sinless, but by God's grace I am a repenting believer - a born again Christian.
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Thursday, August 20, 2009
The Dangers of Tweeting
So I was waiting for me wife to come to bed last night, both of us were a little too awake to sleep; she had gone out to read and I turned on the old iPhone to pass the time.

Needless to say, I was quite surprised, and morbidly flattered, to find a young and flirty college student from California had become a follower of my Twitter tweets, how did she find me?

Well following her profile I soon figured out that she was not someone a Christian ought to be looking into - and moreso a married male Christian! I was however powerfully tempted to examine her profile pic more closely - even in an image smaller than half a postage stamp it was clear that she was fit and attractive. I didn't give into that temptation (thank God) but instead found out how to block her tweets and stop her from showing up in my followers list. Why soak myself in gasoline when I live in a world where there is fire all around?

I honestly hadn't considered the possibility that tweeting might be a doorway to temptation - though I should have seen it coming. No man in this world can escape the pornifying of our culture. We can live outside the culture, but it is always at our doorstep waiting for the chance to draw us in.

Well that set me off in prayer, which is what I ought to have been doing in the first place. The danger, or one danger out of many, in being connected 24/7 is that those temptations which I have in years passed identified, and removed all provision for have found new and unanticipated inroads into my life again. I thanked the Lord for keeping me from sin, though I spoke to Him about the pause in between the moment I realized the temptation, and the decision to turn away from it. Somewhere in the middle there I know I was seriously entertaining the thought of giving into the temptation - the old lies were raised again as if new - it's okay! You're just going to satisfy your curiosity, you know - like an anthropologist, you're just going to survey the culture with academic indifference... Yeah right.

This morning as I thought back on that, I was reminded again of just how reliant we are (and must remain) on our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Without Christ, sin would rule over us, but in Christ - in the love that overcomes every competing desire - there is peace born of grace.

So I decided to encourage my fellow tweeters to give no place to our enemy, to allow no root of evil to twist it's way into the soil of your walk. Be vigilant, lest you stumble - being connected to this sinful world electronically puts us ever more in enemy territory - and always in harms way! Now, more than ever before we must take care to walk circumspectly.

Don't let sin in through the window just cause you're so used to only having to guard the door.


-- Post From My iPhone
posted by Daniel @ 11:33 AM  
3 Comments:
  • At 11:56 AM, August 20, 2009, Blogger thomas said…

    Thank you for sharing your testimony. It is indeed a timely blog. I hope many will read it and remain vigilant. May God bless your outreach.

     
  • At 3:02 PM, August 20, 2009, Blogger Jim said…

    Excellent and very relevant. Those little electronic devices are more insidious than we realize. It's bad when temptation is only a click away.

    academic indifference...that's a good one!

     
  • At 11:55 AM, August 22, 2009, Blogger Rose~ said…

    Hey Daniel,
    I thank God so much today that He has brought us out of darkness and into His wonderful light. I saw a very old friend yesterday and was overwhelmed at the reality of what people can become without the inner guide of God's Spirit and the new life He has given. Thank God that we know when something is at the door or window and can feel the real threat that is there. There but for the grace of God...

     
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