The challenge facing especially young people in his generation is the fact that we are so into the things of this life and this world that we have so little to do with the Creator of the World and life itself. In other words, we have become so worldly and less godly; that our perspective of life is narrowed to this world alone and nothing beyond. But as are “earthly relevant”, we ought to be “heavenly conscious”.
Young people today flaunt and patronize life and material possessions more than anything else. The social media/ network have been on the fore of this craze. It is with this burden that I write this piece. I have stood and seen may life literally hold firm and revolving around the social media. I saw it become an addiction- gradually taking hold of me and dictating the pace. No! It just had to be handled and it was! I had to be in control and not the other way round. This is not just a problem I once encountered, but one that is currently ravaging the core of youthful interactions across the world.
Anything that takes the fore in the life of a man, whatever seizes his moments, time and energy; whatever controls his passion, zeal and dedication becomes his god. [It is therefore pertinent to note that even Atheist have gods, contrary to their claims of “NO GOD”]. And when it is not GOD- Yahweh, then it is “anti-God”! (2Thesselonians 2.4)

Therefore, let us look at the Bible’s perspective to loving the media. Our key scriptural consideration will be 1John 2.15-17. It reads;

15 love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 for all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away and the lust thereof; but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

I will like to proceed thus: the Social Network/ Media are not evil, originally. In other words, the media itself is not bad. It was not created to be so; it was intended for the good of man, to advance the course of life. But he who now controls it is evil. And that is the reality we don’t wanna wake up to. That is to say, the evil one, the devil, Satan now controls the things of this world (1 Corinthians 4.4), including the entertainment industry, fashion, and our social media and social networks. I am not been “too spiritual” as some perceive it to be [I have no apologies If I am], but I am only being factual about the Times. So because Satan is now the God of this world, John warns that we must not commit our hearts in love to this world and the things in it, this is because love makes us vulnerable to the “love-object”.
The Social Network/ Media, as a lust of the flesh I.e. as seen in verse 6, could easily lead us into sin. It is an invention of the world. It is now being manipulated by the evil one for luring the hearts of young people into sin and being lost from God. The essence of this note is to bring you to that awareness. “Love not the world, neither the things of the world…” does not mean “do not use the social network or media entirely.” It must not take the whole of our time, and resources; it must dictate our lifestyle nor set the course for our existence. It should not cease our love or capture our heart. It must not lead us into sin or take God’s place in our lives.
At this point I must mention here that I think it is somewhat impossible to live in this age without interacting with either the media or social network. It will bring about serious limitations and inefficiencies in daily life. Is that to say we cannot do without the media or social networks? By no means. At least, I have known some people who are not into social networking till this day. The idea therefore, is to build our lives first on God’s Word, daily. Ecclesiastes 12.13 teaches us that the whole duty of man is to fear God and obey His commandment. This implies a Believer must first perform his duty of knowing and living by the tenets of God so as to build a healthy lifestyle on a solid foundation- before he or she is qualified to engage in interacting with the world. In other words we must first find our love and wrap it around that precious hope we have- Jesus, before ever attempting to ride life’s road! This is because according to Ephesians 5.16b, “the World is evil” and capable of corrupting any mind not insulated and rooted in the Word of God. This is a true fact! If you don’t know, let me bring this to your notice [or better still ask the agents of the dark world for first-hand info]: the devil and his agents are now working every second, using any means possible to bring believers with them into eternal condemnation! Any means possible. One sure ways in this tyms has been the social media/ networks! Watch it! The media and Social network today is filled with many evil, ills and desensitizing messages targeted against Christians in the World. We must not be ignorant of this.
So, is loving the Social network/ Media a sin? Loving the media/ Social network as we have established refers to showering it with our care, attention, time, passion and devotion- that nothing else matters to us but it. It means building our lives around it such that it dictates our decision making, conduct and behavior. This is living in bondage! For “anyone who does this, has not the love of the Father”. This means that God’s love cannot dwell within us when we have given its place to “another.” Anyone who derives satisfaction from these things will pass away with them; for these things are eternally perishable.
If this world and everything in it will pass away, why waste our time and resources on perishable things? Why not invest more in kingdom activities with eternal reward.

Excessive use of Social media: spending many hours watching movies, soap operas; MTV, Channel O, Big Brother Africa; uncontrolled use of the internet, Social networking: engaging in facebook , BBM, whatsapp, twitter, 2go, skype, etc- chatting all day…except “thou art” an Online attendant, what would a young person spend such long hours doing online? [I remember the days when we used to spend almost the whole day on 2go…ask me: how has it paid of?]
The Social Media/ Network has proved to be among the top “addiction-objects” young people battle with alongside, sexual immorality, pornography and drugs/substance abuse. Surprisingly, the social media has been associated with high rate/ increase of sexual imorality of all sorts!

To the average mediocre-mind young person out there- “what the heck is wrong with me?” but the God-chaser who wants to identify and live for Jesus and still be relevant to their World- would acknowledge these truths.
Therefore, I call for a balanced Social/ online life with our spiritual life. We must first find our life on the Solid Rock- JESUS, before interacting at depths with this World. We must maintain our lives as Christians even online, we must not change our identities online…we ought to remain Christlike even online. Needless but pertinent to say, I am an ‘Onliner’- but more a Christian; a Believer, a Worshiper and ever will be. I am more a Sinner than you; but has admitted my weakness before my Father in whom I am now made whole & perfect through Jesus. This I enjoy without regret! I have just decided- God is my addiction! That’s the only addiction that adds to a man’s life. The rest sucks to eternal death. Ask Chris Delvan, he’d tell you. So, you will ever struggle and wallow in addiction of any sort- until you admit your weakness at the foot of the Master, and there seek redress.
Therefore, let your passion first be for God (Ps69.9) & not the social media. The bottom line remains:
”whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God”. Grace be multiplied to you.

By Dimka Philip PhiDims

In our opening our opening series of social networking/ media on Christian youths I laid a foundation as to what is the social network/ media; who is the Christian youth and why we have to examine the interaction of the former and the latter. This rest on the undeniable fact that:
Nothing has so touched entirely the soul of human existence; after God, it is the social Network/ Media.
In today’s dealings, nothing has so exerted direct impact on the lives of of both men and women alike; young and old; rich and poor; the farmer and the Teacher alike; the student and the working class; the unbeliever and the child of God- nothing has so alter our lifestyle, culture, principles, norms dreams, aspirations; even our society in a whole…but the social Network/ Media.
From the African perspective, it use to be a “thing” of the western culture. Today, the story is different: it has broken into our homes- our very living rooms. Even the conservative Arab societies that have struggled to close their doors to “western encroachment” can now no longer keep them away. Thanks to satellite TVs (DSTV on the fore), internet, mobile technology, etc.
The social Media/ Network has crossed boundaries, it has bridge gaps, connected continents, linked nations. It has even surmounted great hurdles and barriers of the most hostile communities of the world, even those against the gospel. What a wonder! Isn’t this a great tool for Christian evangelism? Well this is a thought to be discussed in upcoming series.
Therefore, what is this that has so touched the soul of human existence? Shouldn’t it be a concern to the Believer? Let me quickly say, it is nearly impossible to be alive, at least in any developed, developing or underdeveloped society and not make any kind of contact with any of the social medias/ networks.
As a result, what is the consequence of the impact of social media/ Network on the life of a believer? How must this be handled? (Please, refer to the first in this series. Particularly: Principles for Engagement in Social Networking for a Believer). In establishing the effect of social Networking/ the media on the life of a Believer, I’d like to first establish that Social Media/ Network in a whole is not a bad invention. It is not a sin therefore, to engage in social networking or interact with the media. What makes it bad or a sin is how we use it or what we use it for or in a broader sense, how we allow its bad influence to rub on us and thus affect our walk with God. Of course, therefore, the social media has advantages which it presents to us. Rather than say advantages and disadvantages, we will examine its effects on the Believer, especially youths, and the implication of such.
Some of these include;
Deep engrossment/ abuse of the Social Networks/ Media- 1 Corinthians 7.31 warns that those who make use of the things of this world must be careful not to be engrossed or deeply involved in/with them or carried away by them. What has been the attitude of young people towards these things today? It is pertinent to know and admit that the internet, mobile communication, the satellites, home videos, etc, all, like drugs, have great tendencies to be addictive. They are designed to be interactive, thus have a way of engaging the users’ whole sense. So, when the Christian youth does not take note of this, the problem begins. Deep engrossment or uncontrolled use of the social media disassociates us from faith-building lifestyles. For example, a survey I read some years ago suggests that many of the young people who use blackberry smart phones end up sleeping off most nights- holding their blackberry in their hands. (Funny enough, it has happened to me). This suggest excessive us. Now if Blackberry use is the last thing a young person will do every night before sleep and very early in the mornings; where is then the place of devotions in the morning and night. Some might argue that devotions must not necessarily be early in the morning. But the issue is what eludes your heart and seizes your passion stays on the fore of your daily interaction. Therefore, this uncontrolled use has weakened faith building lifestyles like devotions, fellowships, meditations, reaching out, etc.
Many times, young people have been found “2go-ing”, “whatsapp-ing”, “facebook-ing” or even watching videos or listening to music with their media devices- in church- during worship. This denotes sheer addiction due to deep uncontrolled engrossment in social media activities. It has caused Christian youths to lose reverence for God. Mike Everett, in his piece on social media, points out that “the seduction of social media can suck us in, and before we know it we are becoming more influenced by the noise around us than we are by the word of God working within us.” As a result, we ought to strike some balance between our relationship with God (…time spent with Him…studying the Word, fellowshipping with Believers, praying, etc) and social network/ media involvement.
Decision-making/ Interaction with others-
The goal of interaction or socialization or relationship (whether human or electronic) is INFLUNCE! All forms of interaction yields influence; i.e., whether those involved are aware of it or not, one is influencing the other. Hanging out with a group of friends engaging in bad behavior and say you are not involved is a lie to one’s self. For the impact is gradual and in time one will find one’s self actively involved on the group’s bad behavior.
Inferentially, the Christian youth must be aware that he/she is constantly being been influenced by what he/she see or hear or engaged in on the social media; and more importantly, know that they also influence those with whom they interact either positively or negatively. For example, the “African culture” has been infiltrated by the Western lifestyle. How? Via the social media of course. Step out into our streets and see; from the mode of dressing, the way we speak, act (conduct ourselves), interact, etc. Very heartbreaking is the sight of the negative effects of this influence. The media has gone further to influnce our belief about love, relationship, sex, marriage etc. some years back I was talking to a sister about what they learn from these soap operas (My Eternal, Last Chance, etc) they watch: she proudly shared that they learn about how to love their spouses; about life; relationship, etc. [The media today is filled with lies.] check the lives of the so called celebrities and Actors you are looking up to; they can hardly even keep their homes, most live in divorce, they sleep around; having one scandal or the other. With all humility is ask, how can such a person teach you about love or life, sex, relationship or marriage? How? Where is God’s place in the whole matter?
What we learn from the social media as whole must not be the basis of our decision making in life. This is to say, we must not allow it to model our lives because the Word of God must be our yardstick in interacting with the World.
“Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed there to according to Thy Word. Thy word have I hid in mine heart I might not sin against Thee.” Psalms 19:9,1.
God’s word must be our only influence…allow it to engulf you.
Pornography/ Sex-Provoking Clips and Song-
The social media/ Network has been the Fastest Avenue for the spread of sex clips, pornographic pictures, sex-provoking songs, sex items, etc., among young people. Some few years ago an act called “SEX-TING” came up. This refers to the sharing of nude pictures amongst friends using mostly MMS. This means you don’t have to do online or use words. Young people have also been found to engage in sex chats on social networks, even via phone calls, on 2go, BBM, whatsapp, etc. Many engage in sex online. The internet is filled with hundreds of sex/ pornographic sites. To bring it even closer, social networks are hosting (either with or without their knowledge) sex chat rooms, groups, pages, etc as the case maybe; on facebook, whatsapp, 2go, BBM, etc. the internet has developed its own world of sexual immorality.
What about the phones of young people today? Unfortunately Christians inclusive- it has become a harbor of blue films, sex photos, sex-provoking songs and music videos, etc. Friends, I do not give you tales. I write you what I have confirmed first hand in my years of interacting with young people, their phones, and the internet. If you are not ready to keep a working relationship with God, then the social media should be the last place you ‘wanna’ be or engage in- trust me! For you’ll be totally lured and be a tool for mass destruction.
“For this is the will of God, even our sanctification, that yea should abstain from fornication: that every one of you should know how to posses his vessel in sanctification and honour.” 1Thesselonians 4.3-4.
It is God’s will that we all remain sexually pure.
Idols and gods-
Jefferson Bethke, our famous guy of Spoken Words said:
”We mock and we laugh at the Israelites’ Golden Calf but we do the same thing right back it just looks a little different than that. So question: what’s on your throne… what defines you? What do you give ultimate worth? And what if taken will bring ultimate hurt? Now see, that is your god…”
Our BlackBerry phones, iPhones, iPads, Kindles, Tablets, DSTVs, soap operas, internet, social network…have succeeded over the years in becoming the god of many. They have become the things we value more than mid-week services, church bible study, youth fellowship, personal quie-time, evangelism, prayers, etc. Can you imagine the sudden swap!
Many young people prefer to hang-out on facebook than go for youth fellowship; to watch the popular “10am to 11am” morning program than to spend time praying for a friend. Others could have sleepless nights when they lost their blackberry or iPad but would not even be sad over a lost sinner. What an irony! Some would rather get an iphone than lend the money for a friends school fees or pay to watch football instead of giving a friend lunch money.
Our craze or love for the media must not supersede our devotion to God. When this happens, we begin to make idols of them.
”For zeal for Thy house hath eaten me up…” Psalms 69.9
What takes your passion and zeal? What are you most enthusiastic about? When it is other than God then you are not on the right path.
If you have been following you must have noticed all of the effets discussed above are negative. That is not to say that there are no positive effects for believers, no. There are, but these ones and more have threatened our faith over time.
One great importance of the social media especially to the church is the fact that it serves a great tool for Christian evangelism. (This effect will be featured exclusively in an up-coming piece). This is because social networking sites and of course the media, cut across boundaries. As stated in the introductory article, the social media has “penetrated the hardest of barriers; they have broken the strongest of resistance” all to unite different civilizations and cultures- it is therefore a sure-effective tool for Christian evangelism.
Social network/ media has also bridged the gap among different Christian groups and Ministers all over the World. It has facilitated interaction amongst believers worldwide. Sharing challenges, ideas, and testimonies…about what God is doing in other Nations. Instant needs for intercession has also been broadcasted severally across the world via the media. In addition, social networks have been a point of Christian youth interaction. For example COCIN has its facebook Group [CHURCH OF CHRIST IN NATIONS (COCIN)], COCIN RCC JOS Youths also have their facebook Group (COCIN YOUTH FELLOWSHIP RCC JOS), and so on. There we have nice time discussing and sharing about God online. I also operate a Christian Youth Blog “SOCIAL NETWORK/MEDIA AND THE CHRISTIAN YOUTH”; you can find that on: http://www.realphidims.wordpress.com. We also operate a facebook “PRAYER ROOM” where we prayer on matters with testimonies. On Whatsaap we also interact on the RCC Jos Youth platform.
Here is the bottom-line: to live for Jesus even while online, not change our colours in anonymity.
In conclusion, to build a healthy online lifestyle, we must try to answer the questions: what do I do when online? How much time do I spend online? How do I interact online? Do I glorify God? What if my parents, youth leader, Pastor or even Jesus check my phone would they be pleased? Do I have dark corners on my laptop or phone? Do I have secret facebook, 2go, or twitter accounts with which is do evil? Finally, do I remain a believer even when online?
God help us build a healthy christian lifestyle as we run this race.

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Posted: May 26, 2014 in Social Network/Media

The Social Media/ network has fast become an epidemic upon the face of the earth! It is a wave that has glide over a large portion of the lives- even the intimate lives of people! The truth is we don’t have a private life again…been engrossed in the social media! Its a lie that poses to connect us…while its aim is actually to expose and exploit us! But what is this tool in the Hands of the Christian- I mean the Born-again Believer? It has remain debatable. But what do you think?
I hope to expose this in an upcoming piece I am already putting together! God keep you!

Dimka, Philip.

Hundreds of millions of people are running toward social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to participate in the relational components of the Internet. Are these networks the next big mission field or an enormous waste of time? Should a Christian participate in social networking? The answer to these questions should be determined by whether we can honestly ask God to bless and use our actions for His own good purposes. “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). If we are willing to let God use our participation for His glory, we have freedom to participate.

Social Media

[Social media] is a tool for interaction and connection, not merely a megaphone to announce the next church program and party. Social media opens doors and opportunities to engage with people who rarely, if ever, step foot in a church building.

                                                    — Clark Campbell

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Calvary Story!

Posted: April 17, 2014 in Easter
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Once upon a time, walking up to Calvary
My Jesus, bearing with Him a Tree
Withstanding the drill, hurt and pain
Enduring my scorn, sin and shame

He died and down went to the Grave
Because of me He stayed 3days in the cave
He was there working my Salvation
He stayed ensuring my redemption

Today My Saviour is risen
No way! Death could not keep him
Now Jesus lives forever
Hallelujah! I am saved and free forever!

Happy Easter!

Written By Philip Dimka PhiDims, for a children Easter Feast.

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In Opening:
According to the US Census Bureau, the World population is estimated at 7, 045,493, 590 people at the start of 2013. Therefore, there are about 7.5b people on earth. The National Population Commission (NPC) has estimated the current population of people resident in Nigeria to be 167 million as at 2006, with a 2.3% growth rate per annum. If my calculations are right population is estimated to 174, 260, 869 people in Nigeria. According to my estimate, more than 70% of the World’s and Nigeria’s Population respective is exposed to the Social Media.
“Nothing has so touched entirely the soul of human existence; after God – it is the Social Media”.
– Philip Dimka
Psychological studies have revealed that nature of which humans are part of is characterized by interaction/relationship/Socialization. Since Bible times we find that man has always sought to connect and relate first to Divinity (God) and to man. E.g. Adam and God; Adam and Eve; Cain and Abel, etc.
Thus; the world is connected, we are all linked up in a sense; hardly can anything be achieved is isolation of self – for nothing has ever been achieved so. Therefore, the need for Socialization, even Social Media/Network.

SOCIAL NETWORK/MEDIA
The main way that large number of people receives information and entertainment, i.e. T.V, Radio, News Paper.
The word “Social” means connected with society and the way it is organized. Also, connected with activities in which people meet each other for pleasure. On the other hand, “network” means a closely connected group of people, etc, that exchange information. it has also been defined as a number of computers and other devices that are connected together so that equipment and information can be shared. – Oxford Advanced Learn Dictionary 6th Edition.
Therefore Social Network is an interconnected medium/avenue where people (call over the world) meet to share information, entertainment basically for pleasure. in other words, a device or platform that allows you connect with others and share information/entertainment – “online of offline” is a Social network/ Media.
Social Networking is the act of engaging the social network.

CHRISTIAN YOUTHS
These are young people who have the mind of Christ; they bear/share his attitude Phil 2.5. They follow or are followers of Christ.
WHY THE STUDY?
“Nothing has so touched entirely the soul of human existence; after God – it is the social media” – Philip Dimka.
We cannot live in a world and not involved with it, be productive within it. Therefore, to be productive, we need to interact with the world. 1Thes 4:11, 12. So there is no just how we can avoid the social media, directly or indirectly. We have to be Heavenly conscious and while Earthly relevant.

SOCIAL NETWORKING/MEDIA
Top 6 most popular Social Networking sites as at December, 2013.
1. Facebook – 750,000,000 monthly visitors
2. Twitter – 250,000,000 ;; ;;
3. Linkedin – 110,000,000 ;; ;;
4. Pinterest – 85,000,000 ;; ;;
5. Google+ – 65,000,000 ;; ;;
6. Orkut, meetup, mylife, etc.
This is just outrageous! Imagine all these people online! This definitely includes you and I.
Top Mobile Social Networking/ Media
1. BBM Television
2. Whatsapp Radio
3. 2go Newspaper
4. Baddoo Cable networks
5. Eskimi, ect Satelite networks
These have penetrated the hardest of barriers; they have broken the strongest or resistance. They are a sure tool of Christian evangelism.
Social Networks/Media have become an addiction amongst Christian Youths. Young people spend long minutes, even hours online or attached to the media… doing what? Is the question that needs to be answered and answered well.
Should Christian Youths be engage in social networking? Another mind bugging one…
PRINCIPLES OF ENGAGEMENT IN SOCIAL NETWORKING FOR A BELIEVER
1. Ecclesiastes 12.13
The Christian Social Networker must first perform his or her duty of meeting God first, before he/she is qualified to meet and interact with the world. This is the Whole duty of man- to devote himself to His maker. only on God is man fit to interact with His world. All we do online is under the heavenly radar and will be accredited to us before God. Many people find the social networks and media a place to hide and do all sort…but that’s a deception of the devil. Take roots first in God- downward and bear fruits upward.

2. 1 Corinthians 7: 29
The Christian Social Networker must know that Time is short. Eph 5: 15-16. And thus we must make proper use of the available time of grace given us by God. First, by not wasting it by spending long stupendous hours online; and making proper use of time spent interacting with the media world. When the believer has this in mind, abuse of these social network/ media is avoided.

3. 1 Corinthians 7:29,31
The Social networker must not be deeply engrossed and therefore lost in the activity! As actors in this world, we must not be too involved with this world that we get lost in it. This is because the days are evil. Eph 5:16b. the Bible in 2Peter 2.8 made it clear how Lot the just man living among the unrighteous in Sodom, was tortured in his soul daily with what He saw and heard of their evil and wicked deeds. Lot lived among them. The more we deeply engross our self with the things of this world our righteous souls ll suffer corruption. You will bear me witness of what the media presents us today. We shall separately discuss that.

4. 1Cor 10:31, Col. 3: 17-23
The Social networker must interact in a godly manner, he/she must post, share and promote Jesus, even online. This is because Christ is our identity and we must live Him daily. Because, if we are ashamed of Him or deny Him online, he will do same to us before His Father.
These guidelines and even more will guide the young believers in his/her interaction with the world through the social Network/Media. 1Corin 7:31 draws our attention to the fact that we are in this world thus we ought to interact with it – to make benefit of it but importantly must not be “engrossed” in it or “abuse it”. Why? It answers that the time is short and the days are evil. Short: we might be lost in it as time might catch up with us; evil: it can corrupt us and turn our hearts against God.
As a child of God therefore, you must answer these questions: what do you do when you come online (2go, BBM, twitter, facebook, etc)? Does it equal that which you spend with God? What kind of programs/ films do you watch? Do they teach you about God? Are they pure, excellent, worthy of a believer? We can go on and on. As we look forward to more series about this topic, I will like us to close this introductory part with Philippians 4:8.
Finally brethren, whatever things are true…honest…just…pure…lovely of good report. If there be any virtue…praise, thinks on these things.
God keep you.

Posted: April 3, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Meanwhile, We here< enjoin you to be part of the Unveiling of one of our own for Christ: Bapshang! Album Titled: Take it All! April 13, 2014. 2pm. Azi Nyako Youth Centre, Dadin Kowa, Jos. Plateau State.Bapshang

Hello,

Watch out as we begin our series on the Social Networking/Media and the Christian Youth. I trust it will be expositiory! Dont forget to drop your comments for discussion!

God Bless You richly,

realPhiDims.

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