“Then said he, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, All that is in mine house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them.”
Hezekiah made a grave mistake when he showed the spies all that was in his house. Though he didn’t think there was any harm in showing everything in his house, it gave the enemies a blueprint on how to destroy the kingdom. No, Hezekiah didn’t see the destruction that resulted from having an open house, but his open house philosophy hurt his children.
We live in times when it is so easy for everyone to see everything about us. Because of the digital age, I find many people making their church and homes an open house for everyone to walk through and see. Just like a person who is trying to sell their home has an open house for people to walk through and see what the home is like, many believers have opened their home, family and church to the world through the digital media platform. There is a grave danger in doing this on a couple of levels. Let me give you some cautionary advice about having an open house philosophy concerning your home and church.
First, the world doesn’t need to see your dirty laundry. I am so amazed as to how many people air their differences on social media. My friend, the world doesn’t need to know the problems you are having in your marriage or family. Certainly, it can be frustrating, but airing your differences on social media is not going to help you to solve your differences. Do you really think it will help your marital problems by putting your disagreements on social media? If anything, you are going to make it worse. Just because you have a problem with a family member doesn’t mean you need to rush to your social media platform to tell everybody about it.
Moreover, the world doesn’t need to see the problems between believers. Let me remind you that the lost world also sees what you put on social media. Do you think it is going to help a lost person get saved by airing your differences on social media? When a believer practices the open house philosophy concerning their problems about their church, they are only hurting the church’s ability to influence the lost. Let me emphatically say that the world doesn’t need to see the dirty laundry between believers.
Second, an open house philosophy opens the door for sin. The world doesn’t need to see your private life. There are many things that are not anyone’s business about your marriage, family, life and church. There needs to be a mystique kept between people so that we don’t open the door for everyone to know everything about us. When a person posts provocative looks and pictures on social media, it only creates wonder about your promiscuity in the minds of others. Keeping a closed house philosophy will help to keep immorality from creeping into the minds of others and doors of your home.
Let me just say that I am not condemning the use of social media; I am just warning about having an open house philosophy with it. Let me caution you to always ask yourself if there is something in the pictures that you post that could be taken wrongly. Let me warn you to make it a principle not to air your differences with others on social media; rather, let social media be a platform you use to encourage others to serve the LORD.