Social Networking… And Christianity
Lesson 2: Social Networking... and Parenting
A. Stats and trends:
- There are more than 400 Social networking sites on the internet today.
- The fastest growing of these sites: Facebook, with more than 250 million active users; 5th largest population worldwide with continued exponential growth.
- The average user spends more than 26 minutes a day on Facebook alone.
B. So, what does Social networking have to do with Christianity?
- Sermons: exhorting/warning of the potential ills associated with T.V., books, music.
- The difference with social networking: social interactivity.
- In essence it is “real” relationships via the virtual world.
C. In this short 2 sermon series:
- We look at how social networking is affecting us and what we can do about it.
- Our second lesson looks at the parent/child ramifications of social networking and related responsibilities.
A. It Is Addicting
- At first everything seems overwhelming:
- It is shiny (new): learning how to navigate through the website.
- It is exciting: keeping track of all your “new” friends; learning how to make posts with the various options.
- After your successful writing (“blog” or “post”) there is typical anxiety to see who has viewed/responded to your post(s).
Then, you become a “pro” or “veteran”. Eventually for some the whole experience consumes your mind, time, energy. Like anything else: some aren’t addicted, others are…and to varying degrees.
B. It Encourages Egocentrism
- Christians (aka people who needed to be saved from their sins) – have a biblical need to rid self and gain Christ.
- While social network is about relationships much of the focus is posting about me (“MySpace”); concept of Twitter.
C. A Breeding Ground for Gossip
- Social Networking posts are typically spontaneous writings.
- There are various instances when people simply type-and-hit-ENTER.
- While some posts are deleted…many are left for the world to see your true fleshly nature. Prov. 18:7; Prov. 20:19a
What We Can Do About it
A. Sin lies at the door…its desire is for you… you must rule over it. cp. Gen. 4:7
B. Determine to only have one Master… and Facebook is not it. Matt. 6:24; 1 Cor. 6:12; 2 Pet. 2:19
C. If your right hand (social network) causes you to sin cut it off (cancel your account). Matt. 5:30
D. Current relationships can be enhanced in the same way we use the phone or mail.
E. Use the Golden Rule online: Love God and your neighbor (spiritual netiquette). Matt. 22:37-40
F. Ultimately, create posts that praises God or encourages others to praise Him. 1 Cor. 10:31
A. If you are going to be involved with Social Networking, use it to God’s glory.
B. Realize and fulfill your walk with Christ in all things you do. Col. 3:17