Captain Me Planet #4 – Online Comparison and Approval

captainmeplanetThere are a few things that are weighing down on me regarding technology these days. One of them is the comparison and approval that is taking place online. People are quick to offer criticism or advice for every single thing under the sun. Including technology and creativity, and everything that goes into them. What seems to be the core issue (after failing myself many times) is that we accomplish something, feel good about it, then go on with life trying to push everyone else into the comfortable box we’re sitting in. Maybe without ever realizing they don’t belong there!

1 Corinthians 12 speaks to the fact that we are all made uniquely and with our own unique purpose. So why do we try to suggest that other people should use Twitter, blog, design, write, photograph, or do anything else online just like we do? Sure, it’s great that we find tools that help us best manage our time or be most productive with it. But many Christians on the web throw out advice that seems to suggest that everyone should be doing it all the way they are.

If we want to truly be like Christ online we must put the person over the practice. How we interact with them is much more important than which technology we used to do it with. Why would someone want to hang out with you if they had to always meet you at the park or at church to do so? We have an American mentality of them coming to us, rather than us going to them. It really does annoy the heck out of me when I see Christians holding tightly to their megaphones, shouting advice and not just wanting to be heard, but wanting to be copied / duplicated. Let’s put the megaphone down and be in community with others. I’m guessing the less we’re shouting, the more we’ll actually engage! Does this kind of thing annoy you as well?

PRAYING for those of us that practice this without realizing it. PRAISING God for giving us so much freedom. Freedom that always brings us back to needing to hear from Him.

  1. Hey great post. Most people I’ve encouraged to tweet were Christians (though not always), but I”ve been met with no small resistance.

  2. Gabe as always, you cut through and get to the heart of the matter. I think we use the tech too much sometimes and forget the purpose behind why we are here, to reach out to people. Great words and I love the Captain America pic

  3. Chris Yoder

    Thanks for sharing this, Gabe! I know I’ve been guilty of this a time or two.:) This made me think of I Pet. 4:10 – “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”

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