Friday, April 3, 2015

The WITH Principle

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!

How are your social media habits affecting your family?  How much are you giving your family the glazed look?  Jesus spent countless hours WITH His disciples and this is how they learned from him.  That very principle, what I call the "WITH principle" ought to be applied to parenting.  Wouldn't you agree that social media out of control interferes greatly in our child-rearing and family relationships? 

I challenge you to read the Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert Coleman.  This book greatly impacted my parenting philosophy.  Being WITH your family will communicate Jesus to them.  But certainly not if you're giving them that glazed look when you glance in their direction. 

And, that's not even considering how you are training their internet habits.  What kind of gossip, busy-bodying, idleness and such are they learning from watching you on Facebook and the like?  You are training them in sin.

We must remember that the avoidance of temptation may involve drastic sacrifices.

When you're taking a look at your social media usage, ask yourself these questions.  It just might open your eyes.

- 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?

What will you do now?