Crosstalk: August 21, 2019
Social Media is technology that so many of us use. Maybe to connect with family or friends who are far away. Maybe to find a recipe, share a photo or to get news updates. It can be such a powerful tool. But, what about it’s overall use? Should Christians participate? What are some of the positives? The negatives? Jim begins today asking such questions, sharing relatable stories and balancing it all with Scripture.
Through the years, it is no secret that many can present themselves so “piously” on Sunday yet, can be a completely different person on Monday. Social media now elevates this hypocrisy to a much higher degree. Vulgarity, risqué photos, innuendos, all of these things coming from a professing Christian, leaves one wandering, how are these things compatible with Christian living? But beware! If you dare call anyone on this, you are being “judgmental” or acting “holier than thou.”
Despite the obvious “age old” problem, as more and more Christians become engaged in digital formats, the risk of internet pitfalls is increasing. In fact, today, internet addiction has become especially problematic. Again, the internet in and of itself is not the problem but, the problem is found in how one chooses to use the internet and all that comes with it. A Christian knows they are not supposed to become so involved in this world that they lose track of God and the world (age) to come. Unfortunately, many are finding themselves more invested in their “virtual” lives than their real lives; hence becoming irritable, depressed, restless and anxious. Saddest of all, those closest to us (God, spouse, family, church,) all become neglected.
SO, Crosstalk does share warning & challenge today but also, steps that can be taken to safeguard all that we as Christians hold dear both “on & off” social media. In addition, the following 5 Truths for Christians:
- You are a representative of Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:20)
- You are interacting with real people. (Colossians 4:6)
- You are putting thoughts in your mind. (Philippians 4:8)
- Social Media is not real life.
- Likes/Shares cannot replace tangible personal interaction (James 2:15)
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