There are more than 400 Social networking sites on the
The fastest growing of these sites: Facebook, with more
than 500 million active users; 5th largest population worldwide
with continued exponential growth.
The average user spends more than 32 minutes a day on
So, what does Social networking have to do with
Sermons: exhorting/warning of the potential ills associated
with T.V., books, music.
The difference with social networking: social
In essence it is “real” relationships via the virtual
We look at how social networking is affecting us and what
we can do about it.
It Is Addicting
It is shiny (new): learning how to navigate
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
Eventually for some the whole experience consumes your
mind, time, energy.
Soon you become a “pro” or “veteran”.
Like anything else: some aren’t addicted, others are …
and to varying degrees.
It Encourages Self-Centeredness
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
A Breeding Ground For Gossip
Social Networking posts are typically spontaneous writings.
Many type without thinking…and simply hit ENTER.
While some posts are deleted…many are left for the world
to see your true fleshly nature… and where your true treasure
18:7; Matt. 19:21
What We Can Do About It
Sin lies at the door…its desire is for you… you must
rule over it. cp. Gen.
Determine to only have one Master… and Facebook is not
6:24; 2 Pet. 2:19
If your right hand (social networking) causes you to sin
cut it off (cancel your account). Matt.
Let me be clear: social networking is not sinful in and of
itself – in fact, it can be edifying.
Current relationships can be enhanced in the same way we
use the phone or mail.
Use the Golden Rule online: Love God and your
neighbor (spiritual netiquette). Matt.
Ultimately, create posts that praise God or encourages
others to praise Him. 1
If you are going to be involved with Social Networking, use
it to God’s glory.
and fulfill your walk with Christ in all things you do. Col.
to God in the church by Christ Jesus
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