Making Sense of Sin and Its Effects

Making Sense of Sin and Its Effects

Last week, out of the blue, my son asked me two big questions that sent me scrambling: “Why did people fly planes full of people into buildings on September 11?” and “Is the hurricane Florence going to kill people this week?”

At least he gave me a day or two to recover between interrogations!

He is being exposed to—and attempting to cope with—information with which all of us are all too aware: we live in a world in which it’s difficult to make sense of sin and its effects. My job is to help him think about and respond to the effects of sin that he’s going to witness in a distinctly Christian way.

How do I Find Rest and Worth Amidst Social Media's Craziness?

How do I Find Rest and Worth Amidst  Social Media's Craziness?

I clicked on the log in button and started to mindlessly scroll through my feed.

Wow, that’s beautiful… <double-tap>

I love that Bible verse… <double-tap>

How can I take photos like that?! <double-tap>

Look at those cute little kittens! <double-tap>

Oh, I want to travel there… <double-tap>

The inner dialogue continues as I mentally sort through what is inspirational, encouraging, and fun, but there are also lies, unhealthy comparisons, negativity, and boredom.

What Wouldn’t Jesus do on Social Media?

What Wouldn’t Jesus do on Social Media?

The picture is actually pretty silly. There’s Jesus on His iPhone X, scrolling His Instagram feed and double tapping pictures of his friends. “Nah,” you might say. “Jesus wouldn’t use an iPhone! He’d use His laptop, and only when He’s on break… never while He’s on the clock!”

The truth is that God, in His infinite wisdom, sent Jesus to take on flesh and live among us at just the right time, in just the right place. That wasn’t in 2018 with an iPhone and Instagram, but it’s still helpful to consider the question, What would Jesus do on social media? I think it’s equally helpful to consider what He wouldn’t do on social media.

What Would Jesus do on Social Media?

What Would Jesus do on Social Media?

We’re diving into what Jesus would do on social media. I believe this bold statement is broken into three very, very simple points. 
He would teach. He would encourage. He would connect. 
We see in Matthew 9:35 how Jesus traveled to towns proclaiming the Good News with those He came in contact with. Then, He commanded his followers to share the Good News with everyone they came in contact with (Luke 9:1-6). So, the greatest story in history was preserved as our story, as followers of Christ, today. How was it spread? It was spread through relationships (from when togas were a thing to business suits), it was spread through written Word (the Bible), and it was spread through preaching (on the steps of a temple to megachurches). Throughout all of the centuries there are two common denominators: Jesus and people.