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Hymns not made for Social Media

July 3, 2016

Got time for a little humour on a Sunday afternoon?

One of the purposes of posting a status update or tweet is to not only get “likes” but also some “shares” or “retweets.” And let’s be honest, there is a measure of pride when a social media posting is well-received and/or passed on to others. However, there are a few hymns that were clearly not made for social media and the human boasting that is so much a part of our social media culture. For example…

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us
Even if this song has challenged you on a Sunday morning, it is a little awkward to enjoy watching the popularity of your post/tweet in a song with the words “I will not boast in anything, no gifts, no power, no wisdom. But I will boast in Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection.”

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
While you may indeed be grateful for all Christ accomplished at Calvary, one should be a little uneasy when people agree by “like” your post when the song says, “Forbid it Lord, that I should boast, Save in the death of Christ my God.”

Be Thou My Vision
While the focus or even the intention of reminding others Who is most important in this world is admirable, the line “Riches I heed not, nor man`s empty praise” makes it a little uncomfortable to rejoice if other people “like” the post.

Feel free to suggest another not-made-for-social-media hymn if you know one.

PS The above comments notwithstanding, I will be grateful for any likes, shares, or retweets, recognizing the truth of the above lyrics.

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