Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Person to Person

Thanks for joining me on a journey to evaluate our social media usage. Does the Bible really have anything to say about this internet age and how it relates to me? Read on to find out!

Have you ever noticed how people really shy away from person to person contact now?  As a Christian, that actually bothers me.  I know there are some situations where a text, a tweet or a personal message can get the job done just fine.  And I certainly won't throw the baby out with the bath water by trying to say that God is anti-media.  That'd be incorrect.  God used media to reach us.  The Bible has many books that are letters - a form of media! 

In general, I would say that person to person contact is usually best.  You'll notice "GO" in these verses, implying a personal conversation.

Matthew 18:15 says, “If your brother sins, GO and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother.

Matthew 5:23-24 says, "Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and GO, first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering."

I will say this.  If you read, 1 Corinthians 5, Paul passed decisions and judgment via letters!

I conclude that there are some situations (long-distance situations, for example) where emails may be appropriate for communicating to people.  In general though, wouldn't you agree that even a phone call would be a better choice? 

What I'm trying to point out is that some folks are hiding behind their keyboards and computer screen.  They've become social media cowards, typing things that shouldn't be typed and sent. 

What will you do to change your social media habits?

Take a look at the rest of the series here:

- What does it make you think about?
- Are there too many words?

 - Are you reading gossip or gossiping?
- Is it slander?
- Is it unwholesome?
- Is it unfit for use God’s use?
- Is it foul, filthy or coarse?
- Does it grieve the Holy Spirit?
- Is it silly talk?
- Is it a word fitly spoken?
- Are you busy-bodying?
- Do you blab your good works?
- Are you wasting time or being idle?
- Is it first world drama?
 - Is it bad company?
- Is it the appropriate medium of communication?

- Is it promoting “WITH” for the best interests of my family?