Media-a Tool to Reveal Who You Are

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I am known for being one of those people that says that social media and texting have ruined communication for this younger generation. I do believe that, but today something occurred to me that made me realize that, at times, social media and blogging do serve a higher purpose.

There was a time when conversation was really the only way you could know what a person thought on any given subject. And whether that subject came up would determine whether they ever revealed their thoughts to you.

Today, because of sites like Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and Blogs, we are able to see who a person really is. We see the attitude, how they handle bad situations, what they do in their spare time, how they parent, what kind of friend they are, their personal convictions and many other things.

I have a Blogger account where I do most of my writing. I set this one up primarily to be able to comment on other people’s blogs. If you read my blog, you would know that I am a no-nonsense Christian and that is really what my blog is about. I am also a parent concerned, first, that my boys are Christians, and second, that they are successful as human beings-that they show love and compassion and are the face of Jesus to the world, and that they try their best in everything they do so that others may know that Christians work hard and honor God in everything they do.

I home school my youngest son and blog about that sometimes. I believe a home education where Jesus and God are first is the only way to provide the best quality education and the Biblical way to raise children.  Deuteronomy 6:6-9

I share my regrets-regrets about sin and living worldly. Regrets about choices I have made even as a Christian. I am honest about who I was and who I am now in Christ. I think at times my blog sounds judgmental, but never to the world, only to other Christians. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 5:12 that we are to judge other believers. Jesus tells us in Matthew 7:5 that we are to help other brothers and sisters in Christ with their sin as well once we have overcome that sin.

My blog never states that I am perfect or that I have all the answers, but it does reveal a heart that pursues God and His words in the Bible.  I don’t make things up or go with what “feels” right in my human understanding. I rely 100% on the Bible, and occasionally that means I am 100% wrong on how I understand something in the Bible and then God shows me and I share what he has shown me.

I had a dilemma recently over a situation that would have caused me to compromise my faith.  I was in a position to let my younger son audition for a part in a movie where he would need to use profanity.  My first inclination was of course, no, he shouldn’t do it, but because the casting director who asked for him was a big time casting agent, for a moment, I let Satan put doubt in my mind about my decision. It was tough. I will admit. These are the kind of opportunities that are far and few between and may even be once in a lifetime or may catapult you to stardom. I had to ask myself if it was worth it. In the end we decided it wasn’t.

My older son said to me, “Have you prayed about it?”

I said “no, why would I need to pray about something the Bible already tells me is wrong?”

You see, for me, the Bible is the guide. I pray, but I pray about things that are out of my control and must be handed over to God. I don’t pray about things I already have an answer to. I don’t pray to get God to let me compromise.

That is what I mean by being a no-nonsense Christian.

So my blog reveals who I am and that’s fine with me. I WANT people to understand who I am. I have values and morals and beliefs that trump what the world’s understanding is. God gave me these gifts of knowledge and wisdom and I use them wisely.

But I see a lot of young (and some old) Christians trying to be “cool” Christians-Christians that compromise their values or create their own religion for the sake of being hip and that scares me to death!

They are misleading the world and other Christians and that is dangerous territory with God.

Matthew 18:6-7
But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. “Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes!

So when I read a blog by another person who claims to be a Christian, I am saddened when what I see is a “hip” blog by a person who is no more convicted or Christian than the average lost soul. Is it more important to be witty or liberal or liked by the world than to serve the Lord and be hated by men?

The Bible says if we are loved by the world, we are not following God.

John 15:19
If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.

1 John 2:15
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.

2 Timothy 3:12-14
In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15

I don’t blog to be loved by the world. I blog to help save the world. If our goal is to babble about things just to be accepted, then I suggest this verse:

2 Timothy 4:3
In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,
13 while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15