At 41, I’ve been invited to embrace a mature discipleship. I’ve heard the warnings in the Bible and throughout history. I’ve admired healthy ambition in friends. But I watch Selma and remember again that my fantasies deal in excess. I care too much about being a superhero. I aspire to contribute to great causes, though only if I can be the main character—Dr. King himself, not any of the nameless martyrs on whose backs the victory so equally rests. “Look at me!” goes the cry. – READ MORE
Michael W. Smith is a smart man. At the start of his career, he established an accountability partner because he knew how fame corrupts and destroys life. This man surrounded himself with wise friends so his career and his testimony would remain untarnished by scandal. I am not Michael W. Smith, and I will not be famous, but social media will test your walk.
Early on in my social media and blogging career, I appointed a couple of people I trusted to hold me accountable to what I post online. Like Sam said in the above article from the High Calling, “I care too much about being a superhero.” If anything, Social Media is, “Look at me!”
Just ask the people who post hundreds of selfies each month. The camera’s focus is solely on the person with little background. Someone once defined social media as a way for everyone to feel famous, to have their own paparazzi, and be like a celebrity. A selfie is one person, totally captured with little else for distraction. It is not a family photograph or involving anyone else. The problem with social media is it trains us to make everything about a brand or an image. We are tempted to become narcissistic.
Ministries must work with each other.
Michael W. Smith had a team. Without his band, his producers, the music company, or the marketers, Michael W. Smith would not have had a wide influence. Without you making copies at work, taking the trash out, or doing a million other seemingly small tasks, the people around you couldn’t do their jobs efficiently.
Like Sam says in this article, sometimes we are so eager to shave 20 seconds off of our drive time that we lose sight of what’s really important. Social Media is a tool of influence, and we can get wrapped up in the paparazzi-like setting that we forget the teamwork involved in having a successful and influential social media platform.
Without our pastor, we would not be inspired to mature ambition. Without our friends and the older generation, we would act foolishly online, tarnishing our Christian testimony. Without accountability, Social Media could make us feel as if the world revolves around us. Without help from other Christians who are like-minded in spreading the Gospel to the ends of the earth, our blog, status updates, and photographs would reach only friends and family.
Salvation is a spiritual miracle, my pastor said. Our status updates, blogs, and social media feeds may plant seeds, but without prayer and one-on-one engagement either online or in real life, we leave the job unfinished. CMI encourages you to use your one social media account well.
So why not join us?