Why I hate the selfie

The concept of selfies are incredibly popular. Virtually everyone I know takes selfies. But I hate them. And no, its not because I can’t take a good picture of myself to save my life.

No, I hate selfies because of what they embody. Some people may be considering me crazy right now, but hear me out.

Before I continue, I want to make clear, that this post is not to attack taking a picture of oneself, but is addressing the over-abundance of selfies in our society at large.

The concept of a selfie should be very apparent from its name, a picture of oneself, taken by ones self. I want to be clear here, there is nothing inherently wrong with this. The problem is actually the role the selfies have taken in our society. While its great to share pictures of what we’re doing, what we’re up to, or even of random things we like to do.

So here is the problem I have with selfies…Self.

Selfies are just the personification of a disease that runs rampant in America is the obsession with self. Selfies just bring attention to ourself. But the Bible teaches Christians to behave differently. Paul describes it by saying “For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin” (Romans 6:6). We also see Paul say “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.” (Philippians 2:3)

Selfies do just the opposite of this, they draw the focus upon ourselves. Instead, as Christians we are constantly being reminded to seek God first. To seek His kingdom (Mathew 6:33). To seek His Righteousness. To fix our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2). I never see the Bible tell us to focus on ourselves. God is always telling us to deny ourselves, to take our focus off of us, and to kill our old self. The self is the enemy of God. Why would we as Christians seek to draw attention to ourselves when it should first and foremost be going to God.

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