Bethel Dallas Youth message on Sunday 9.30.18
“What you do is the only thing that follows you forever.”
That’s kind of a scary statement.
Consider Brett Kavanaugh’s current situation. Let’s not get political here but take this as a learning moment. His entire life is on display in front of the whole entire world. His calendars, his high school photos, witnesses testifying what he was like in high school…the whole shebang! Think about your future here. What if you spent the next 30 years of your life building a career and then one day everyone investigates what you did in high school. Would you be an open book or terribly embarrassed?
We would all be embarrassed to one degree or another.
Ok, lets get out of your future and back to your present.
Proverbs 17:28 says “Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent.”
What are you saying right now on social media for the world to see? What are you doing now that will follow you into the future, whether you like it or not?
There are unfortunate stories out there now of people losing their jobs and internships all because of what they said on social media. You can just ask Roseanne Barr how she shut down a whole TV series because of one of her social media posts.
All I’m suggesting here is that you T.H.I.N.K. before you post:
is it True?
is it Helpful?
is it Illegal?
is it Necessary?
is it Kind?
We all know that it is not technology itself that is evil but to quote Spiderman’s Uncle Ben, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Don’t let your online presence get you in trouble but use it to impact others positively.
Paul says in 1 Corinthians 11:1 “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” Paul was able to say, “Follow me because I am following Jesus!” We all want a following but the question is: Where are you leading people? If you identify as a disciple of Jesus it is healthy to evaluate yourself and see if you are modeling Jesus or something else to the people around you and online.
So here is a question to reflect on: “Who are you following and who is following you?” You can tell a lot by a person by who they look up to and the kind of people they run with. The old saying goes, “birds of a feather, flock together.”
Take the question literally at first: Who do you follow on social media and is that the kind of person you want to become? Now take it in a spiritual sense: Who in your life are you impacting in a positive way by leading them closer to God?
- How do you know if social media has become an addiction or idol?
- On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate how well you are modeling the example of Christ? How can you be better?
- Who are some examples of people your age that are doing a good job of being a Christ-like example? Why?