What Your Friend’s Snarky Facebook Post Says About You

Snarky Facebook

Pretend you’re scrolling down your newsfeed.

Don’t actually do it! I’ll lose you for the next three hours.

Just pretend.

So, you’re scrolling along and you see “that friend” has posted yet another snarky comment. You read the post (despite your better judgement), and you’re as annoyed as you knew you would be. They’re so arrogant/annoying/asinine/audacious!

Then comes the well-known internal debate as to whether or not you should take the time to respond. Oh, how you wish Facebook had a “Dislike” button.

However, what happens next is not the subject of this article.

Let’s rewind.

Continue reading “What Your Friend’s Snarky Facebook Post Says About You”

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5 Reasons Christians Must Engage in Facebook Debates

5 Reasons Christians Must Engage in Facebook DebatesI recently posted something controversial on Facebook.

This is not surprising to my friends.

One such friend tentatively joined oh-you-got-in-an-argument-online-you-must-have-really-opened-thethe discussion with a remark about how he hates getting into “Facebook Debates.”

Thankfully, the exchange was peaceful and professional. No one’s mind was changed (as is frequently the case), but information was shared well.

The Debate

boromir-argument-internetYou’ve seen it, and unless you just like arguing, you’ve probably been annoyed, disgusted, or aggravated by one or more social-media-soap-box-back-and-forths. And you’ve likely asked yourself with the tone of a backstabbed Cesar,”Why?!”

I’m glad you asked.

Here are 5 Reasons Christians Must Engage in Facebook Debates and how to do it to the glory of God.

1. God Created Us to Communicate

When God created Adam and Eve (Genesis 1), He could have designed the human body without ears – demanding that all communication happen via sign. He could have even given them the power to read minds. But He didn’t. He chose verbal and written communication to be the medium by which His Truth was conveyed to man.

This dynamic observation requires a lifetime of study, but for now let it be sufficient to understand that communication is pregnant with spiritual purpose.

2. God Commands Us to Communicate

After equipping us with the content, ability, and desire to communicate Truth, the Godhead then went one step further by commanding us to engage everyone with said Truth.

We are constrained by the very writ of God to sharpen each other, pray with each other, encourage, remind, edify, rebuke, admonish, preach, teach, counsel, and even answer each other. Paul described it as an Gospel indebtedness to all men (I Corinthians 9:16-19). Guess what! We have the same indebtedness (Matthew 28:19-20).

J.Gresham Machen rightly noted that “A Christianity that avoids argument is not the Christianity of the New Testament.” because God wants us interacting with Truth.

3. The Gospel Is More than Justification

Okay, so you’re not going to argue that we owe all men the Good News of salvation. But if we merely introduce people to God, but refuse to help them grow in their relationship with Him, we have sorely misunderstood the gospel.

God’s grace doesn’t only save us, it transforms us in our everything. Salvation is the glorious beginning, but Sanctification is daily refining with which God purifies us as we fulfill our responsibility to share the Gospel with the world.

The necessary application is, then, that God’s Truth touches every area of life. Therefore, if we owe the Gospel to all men, we must apply God’s Truth to every facet of life – whereby helping them be sanctified by the Gospel.

4. Facebook Offers a Wonderful Venue for Corporate Sanctification

The world wide web is a clamoring Areopagus of ideas. Every book is bellowing its philosophies, every merchant is advertising his wares, and every desire is pleading her delights.

It’s a glut of lies yet a famine of Truth.

But where’s the salt?

Where’s the light?

Where’s that city set upon a hill (Matthew 5:14), those reapers for harvest (John 4:35), this Christian with a burning desire to use his God-given vocal folds to spread the glorious news of life more abundant?

Facebook is merely a patch of land in the online world. If we look on a map for Jerusalem, Judea, and the uttermost parts of the earth, you’ll find Facebook nestled in our own backyards – on our bedroom nightstands.

5. We Must Engage in Redemptive Relationships in Every Sphere

If we’re created to communicate, commanded by God to apply His Word to eating, drinking, and living (I Corinthians 10:31), and if Facebook is the perfect soil in which to plant that Truth, why don’t we use Facebook to cultivate redemptive relationships?

Probably because we’re not cultivating those relationships anywhere else either.

Sadly, American Christianity has decidedly given up on intentional, personal one-anothering. Our relationships are freckle-level. Our interactions are polite, pithy, professional . . . yet pathetic.

Don’t engage in Facebook debates merely to abuse, hurt, argue, or even win.

Duh.

Involve yourself for these 2 reasons:

  1. The one who posted has asked a question or posed an idea that they want you to know about. They’ve invited you to share your worldview the moment they pressed “post.”
  2. You have divine, relevant Truth to bring to bear on the subject.

And when you find yourself in the middle of a digital debate, keep these 2 goals ever before your eyes:

  1. God wants to be worshipped in your communication. Glorify Him.
  2. You cannot glorify God with your words unless they are Truth-filled and love-filled.

Please evermind that any time Truth comes to bear on a worldly disposition, it will either awaken life or loathing. You must choose carefully how and when to interact. We mustn’t cast pearls before swine (Matthew 7:6), but we must always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks (I Peter 3:15). We mustn’t answer a fool according to his folly, but we must also be ready to answer a fool according to his folly (Proverbs 26:4-5).

Knowing when and how to speak requires wisdom and discretion, but we must do it. Don’t lament the fact you have a sovereign chance to preach the glorious news of grace!

Embrace it.


If you’d like to learn more about using Facebook redemptively, please read “Can Facebook be Redemptive?

Day Camp Weekly: the insane side of AMBrewster

All of our readers are well acquainted with Mr. Brewster’s thoughts on God and his driving passion to communicate divine Truth.

But not all of you are aware that Mr. Brewster also has a very theatrical, fun-loving side.

This will be his last year as Director of Schaumburg Christian Day Camp, and apparently he’s decided to go out with a bang.

Day Camp Weekly is the online show he created to provide information about SCDC’s program and to advertise. It’s in its second season and is doing quite well.

Granted, if you haven’t seen previous episodes, you may not appreciate all of the inside jokes, but at least you’ll get a fun glimpse into AMBrewster’s crazy side.

Enjoy!

#TBTB #TBT – Thoughts on an Olive Tree

ThrowBack Thursday

Pastors are going to have to stop saying, “Please turn in your Bibles . . . .” because so many people don’t have pages anymore.

Please click in your Bible?

Please navigate in your Bible?

We don’t know what’s better.

But we’d be curious what you think about AMBrewster’s favorite Bible app and which Bible app you love the most.

We hope “Thoughts on an Olive Tree” is helpful as you access God’s Word on your devices.

Thoughts on an Olive Tree

The Most Destructive Thing about Hollywood is Not What You Think

 

The most destructive thing about Hollywood is not what you think

Sex.
Drugs.
Vulgarity.

There are more objectionable elements in modern entertainment than there are movie titles, but none of them are as disturbing and destructive as this one practically invisible plot line.

Hollywood

For the purposes of this post, “Hollywood” will represent the companies, individuals, and organizations that create the stuff Americans are daily stuffing into their ears and eyes. Nearly all of the movies, shows (both TV & internet), books, and music that fill iTunes are the topic of this conversation. Of course, Hollywood (and the American entertainment culture as a whole) are by no means the only culprits. The most destructive force in entertainment today is the same in every living room, culture, and hemisphere.
Continue reading “The Most Destructive Thing about Hollywood is Not What You Think”

What is Evermind? Part 3

Evermind Ministries

So far we’ve discussed what Evermind desires to accomplish by the grace of God. You can read that here.

And we’ve also shown you how we hope to accomplish those goals. You can read that here.

Our mission will never be fulfilled by human means or by human power. We readily acknowledge that we need God through it all. But the beautiful thing about the body of Christ is that God chooses to use His children to be the instruments of grace to other believers.

It is for this reason we ask that you strongly consider doing one or all of the following:

1. Pray – Petition God that He grants us the grace and wisdom we need to share His truth in His way for His reasons.

2. Follow – Like us, follow us, and share us on social media. The more people we can reach with the answers to life and godliness, the better!

3. Invite – We know there are a lot of godly resources available out there, but we would love to partner with your family, group, class, ministry, or program if you will have us. We have a driving passion to share with the broader body of Christ what He is daily showing us through His Word!

Thank you for taking the time to get to know us.

Sincerely,

AMBrewster and the Evermind Staff

What is Evermind? Part 2

Evermind Ministries

Yesterday we introduced you to what Evermind hopes to do.

Evermind Ministries exists to keep God’s Word at the center of the human experience by teaching it, reminding of it, and applying it to life.

Today, you’ll see how we plan to accomplish these monumental goals.

We want to tackle our three-pronged mission with a three-pronged approach. Continue reading “What is Evermind? Part 2”

“he txtd me”


"he txtd me"

He txtd me
and said that I was cut3!
Then he asked me for a pic;
I took a selfy.
Y not?

He txtd me
and said that I was "hott"
and told me how he feels
when he c's me at skool.
I told him he was weird.

He txtd me
and asked to see me in
my new swimsuit.
The bois at the pool will see.
Y not?

He txtd me
and said the picture "trnd me on."
He said my body was gr8.
He asked for another.
w.e.

He txtd me
and cmplimentd me a lot
and I felt btfl.
He said he wanted to kiss me.
Y not?

He txtd me
and wanted to see me nude.
o_o
lol
K

He txtd me
and said he thought it might be fun . . . .
I felt kinda weird.
But it might be fun.
Should I?

Daddy.
What happened?
How did I get here?
I never wanted this. I wish
He never texted me.

-AMBrewster-

Written for "Parents, Kids, and Tech-tation."


Parents, Kids, and Tech-tation

Tech-tation

I am sooooooooo thankful we didn’t have smartphones when I was in high school!!!!!!!

I don’t want to imagine the tangible trail of turgid travesties I would have traipsed across the internet!

Thankfully, that wasn’t a temptation I had to avoid (I had enough trouble avoiding plenty of others).

Not the First

Listen, I know I’m not the first to sound a siren call about young people and the threat technology represents. But I hope you’ll be patient with me for just a few moments as I share some insights I’ve gleaned from counseling teenagers addicted to sexual sin.

  1. Lust doesn’t need technology to flourish. Job tells us that he had to make a promise with his eyes not to lust after girls. Job is a book written about a family that predates Abraham! Lust exists in the heart of man, and sexual lust in particular needs only two things – a mind and an object. Please do not think that your children are safe from the temptation we’re discussing here simply because they don’t have a device.
  2. Technology is to sexual sin what airplanes are to world travel. They don’t make it possible, they make it easier. While driving down the road traveling about 45 miles an hour, I’ve often marveled at the amazing speeds we travel compared to the transportation of the past. Horse and buggy have nothing on today’s worst cars. As we’ve already seen, lust doesn’t need technology, but technology sure makes it easier to access it. When before a young man would have to sneak a copy of a dirty magazine, today he can anonymously view whatever forms of vile filth he wants from the comforts of his own bedroom.
  3. Too many parents are ignorant to what temptation technology affords. Did you know that the most grotesque scenes of human sexuality were available to anyone with an internet connection? Did you know your child can send and receive texts you will never know about? Did you know someone could send your child a nude picture of themselves, and you’d never be billed for it?
  4. Too many parents trust their children with technology. We don’t trust toddlers around ovens, scissors, and pools because of the inherent risk each poses. In addition, the proportionate immaturity of the child to the enhanced danger of the object increases our prohibitions. Yet we hand pre-pubescent, hormone-ridden, spiritually-immature young people a device capable of beaming wicked images into their brains, and we somehow justify this decision because our culture condemns us for not trusting our kids!
  5. When sin is finally found out (generally after much disaster has been wrought), parents cut the wrong cords. I’ve seen plenty of parents remove the child’s devices and cut all digital communication with the outside world. But the cord of lust is too often left untouched.

These are the problems I encounter nearly every time I counsel a young person engaged in sexual sins. But let’s not stop with the observations.

I think it’s fair to say I disdain criticism that provides no viable solutions just as much as you do. So please humor me a moment more while I address the very simple ways we as parents can help our children battle tech-tation.

Some Spiritual Solutions

  1. Understand lust. Smell its presence on your children’s breath. See its shadow on their bedroom floor. Watch how they interact with their peers. Do they touch each other? Where are their eyes resting? Understand the biblical root of lust, the consequences of lust, and the cure for lust. Did you know that sexual sins scar a person in different ways than others sins? Did you realize that last statement was Bible-truth (Proverbs 6)?
  2. Come to grips with the fact that when you hand your child a mobile device, you’re not merely making it easier to contact them. Understand the inherent dangers of the device. You would baby-proof a home; teenage-proof the phone.
  3. Research! There are a plethora of up-to-date articles like this one that are written specifically for parents to know how to protect their children, and what to protect them from.
  4. Stop trusting babies around the oven! Nowhere in Scripture is it mandated that a parent trust their child simply because they’re a teenager. Trust is a facet of love, but trust is never unwise in its trusting. You teach your children to use a knife before letting them wield their own. You teach them to drive before handing them the keys. Teach them about the device, teach them about lust. Let them mature, and the bless them with trust equal to their worthiness.
  5. Children need accountability. They need to be taught to live a Christ-honoring life in the middle of this corrupt world. Joseph didn’t need to be taken out of Egypt, he needed to worship God in Egypt. The device isn’t the real issue; the heart is. It may be necessary to cut the cordless device, but don’t ignore the deeper, more significant issue. Get counseling. Root out the lust and help the child desire what is right and good.

And just for making it this far, here’re two bonus points!

Bonus Points

    1. Friend, follow, like, digg, and pin your kids. No, that wasn’t an admonishment to psycho-babble, espionage, digging graves, or voodoo dolls. You need to hang out where your kids hang out. Know who they know. Read what they read. Listen to what they listen to. How else do you hope to lead them through the mine field that is this life? Every single time I’ve encountered a young person feeding the flesh on social media, I’ve found a young person whose parents don’t know what Snap Chat or Instagram is. “I don’t use Facebook.” is not a legitimate excuse that somehow gets you off the hook! Is your child on Facebook? Then that’s reason enough for you to have an account . . . or at least to share a login with your child.

I know a set of parents who never would have known a boy in their daughter’s school was soliciting sexual favors from her had all of her incoming texts not also gone to their phones. Is that a scary proposition for you? Good.

  1. “Friend” your child in real-life too. Once again, no psycho-babble is intended here. What I mean is make these steps in their sanctification a you-and-them-together experience, not a you-against-them confrontation. Love them. Disciple them. Be on their side for God’s glory.

What’s at stake in this conversation is the spiritual life and Christ-honoring relationships of your children. Do not naively allow them to undergo the painful temptation technology brings to bear on their lust? Help them know what lust is and how to defeat it in their life with the truth of God’s Word. And then equip them with the spiritual weapons necessary to fight tech-tation.

For Your Consideration

"he txtd me"

He txtd me
and said that I was cut3!
Then he asked me for a pic;
I clicked a selfy.
Y not?

He txtd me
and said that I was "hott"
and told me how he feels
when he c's me at skool.
I told him he was weird.

He txtd me
and asked to see me in
my new swimsuit.
The bois at the pool will see.
Y not?

He txtd me
and said the picture "trnd me on."
He said my body was gr8.
He asked for another.
w.e.

He txtd me
and cmplimentd me a lot
and I felt btfl.
He said he wanted to kiss me.
Y not?

He txtd me
and wanted to see me nude.
o_o
lol
K

He txtd me
and said he thought it might be fun . . . .
I felt kinda weird.
But it might be fun.
Should I?

Daddy.
What happened?
How did I get here?
I never wanted this. I wish
he never txtd me.

-AMBrewster-

he txtd me

“Some Posting Motivation”

Some Posting Motivation

“Some Posting Motivation”

People type completely inane
And frivolous and biting and plain
Observations.
You would think that with the most
Amazing ways to communicate and post,
Some might favor reconciliation
To driving bitter wedges.
Others might lift us from the dredges
With timely edification.
Consider the benefit of quoting
A passage designed for removing
Trepidation!
If we simply decided in all things to glorify,
Perhaps our posts might start to amplify
Sanctification
In the hearts and minds of men and women
Whom God has given the redemptive mission
Of Christ-honoring inspiration.
-AMBrewster-

Written for “Can Facebook be Redemptive?”