Is the “Selfie” a Form of Idolatry?Posted on: April 2, 2014, by : Jeremy A Walker
For those of you who do not know, when a person takes a photo of himself or herself, usually with a phone or other digital device, it is known as a Selfie. These photos are typically uploaded to social media sites where individuals take and post hundreds, if not thousands of photos of themselves. The photos could have to do with where they are, what they are doing, or who they are with, but they always have the same foreground focal point. Each of these photos is primarily capturing the individual who is taking the picture.
Because of the prevalence of this kind of activity, it may not seem all that odd to you at this point, but in reality, this marks a dynamic shift in the culture. This is the first time in history that we see a self-contained worship of self.
Prior to this point, in order to have photos or even large amounts of focus placed on an individual, it was necessary for that person to engage other people. However, today a person can take their own picture, adjust the photo to be more flattering, upload it to a social media site, and admire themselves without engaging any other human. According to Dr. David Veal of Priority Hospital of North London, this kind of activity has been linked to narcissism in teens, as well as other mental illnesses, but I’m interested in the spiritual component to this generational denominator. How does the selfie detract worship and admiration from the Creator, and place it on the creation?
Any time humans engage in worship that is not focused the Lord, they are engaging in a form of Idol worship. Now the focus of the worship, and the worshiper are one in the same.
It seems as though Satan has returned to his original trick. He has asked, “For God knows that when you eat of it [forbidden fruit] your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God…” Genesis 3:5
To be like God, in this case, is to be worshiped.
“It is not enough,” Satan must have said, “to entice the world to worship a few people. Now we will convince them that they should all be worshiped.”
Temples erected to the worship of self. Free shrines offered to encapsulate the worship of each person on the planet. Each thought of exultation being laced upon a screen in complements, likes, favorites, and shares; each connection from one shrine to the other proving how relevant our self-worship. All of which epitomized by the selfie; the single most selfish expression of Idolatry.
Or maybe I’m just blowing this all out of proportion…
Photo supplied by M’Kenzie G. who is not an idolater BTW!