We live in one of the most sharing cultures the world has even known. Through the internet’s expansive reach people share about themselves, their kids, their friends, their hobbies, their emotions, their hopes, their dreams, their grief stricken challenges and even item’s on their bucket list (I saw one person post the picture you see above for a resort in Finland with glass igloos so tourists can watch the Northern Lights). We are incredible at sharing information as long as it is related to “ME”. Unfortunately, we are not as gifted at sharing what is most important.
Our “Selfie Stuck” culture has reached new limits of sharing personal information in an impersonal way. We are challenged when it comes to sharing matters of substance to truly meet other people’s needs. Most items one sees on Facebook, reads on Twitter or views on Instagram have not been posted for your personal edification. It is the rare post that is truly shared for you. Most often, social media allows people a window to see into the life of the person who posted.
Dangerously this carries into face-to-face interaction. People must be cautious to monitor how significant time invested with social media reprograms the brain. Christians are charged with the important task of “CARING WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK”, what people think about them, what people think about their actions and attitudes, and what people think happens after they die. So as Social Media has many fantastic benefits; it can also lull people into complacency. Be careful not to watch for the latest post on what people are doing, watching, or saying without moving any deeper toward helping people process life’s most important questions.
Philemon 6 reads, “I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.” We need to have as much concern to share our faith as we do to tell the world on social media our child has just made the honor roll at Podunk Middle School in Jabip, Kansas. Do you believe our culture is Selfie Stuck? If you answer “Yes”, consider sharing the only information that helps Selfie Stuck people; information from the one who says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” Share about Christ, His life, His death and His desire for all people to know Him. Share about Him with a broken world focused on sharing self but needing a Savior.
(Part Four of the series relating to the Christian Endeavor practices- Pray, Study, Serve, Share, Worship.)