by A. Craig Troxel
When Dad died, my brother Scott said, “The world just got a little smaller.” Indeed it did. Death had just devoured my greatest mentor. My father fought back bravely against the cancer that gnawed away at his health for years. But finally the dreaded moment came, and something bigger than any of us closed in on him. Dad was gone, and he was not coming back.
by Arthur Fox
Isn’t the Internet wonderful! You had a wonderful weekend with your friends, and you want to tell all your friends on Facebook about it. So you post a full report and even include moments that might look awkward for you as a believer. Perhaps you “Twitter” short and snarky remarks about someone or something. Your party was fun, and you have some neat close-ups of you and your girl (or guy) or of others that will make everyone laugh—and, sure, there are some questionable moments, but leaving them out would cheat the world of some laughs. So you upload it to YouTube. What harm would it do?
It is hard to remember, isn’t it, that when we are taking part in an online social group like Facebook, using e-mail, Twitter, or Instagram, or posting things to YouTube, that it isn’t just our “friends” who will see what we have shown them, who will have our information appearing on their computers. Others will see it as well! Often those friends include both Christians and non-Christians. And don’t forget that your teacher or your employer or (gasp!) your parents also have access to your Facebook Timeline. How would this information affect your choice of how you describe the aforementioned weekend—or even (to raise the ante just a bit) what you might send to someone by e-mail? The use you would make of your video? What pictures you would post? Perhaps the definitely pre–computer age apostle Paul can help with what he wrote in 1 Corinthians 10:31—“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Read more