The end result of this evasion of confrontation and embracing the “e-reality” is that we’ll become more obsessed with how many retweets and likes we get versus actually being the people God has called us to be. We show ourselves as great dads on Twitter, but are too busy to listen to our children because our heads are glued to our phones seeing who looked at our pictures and reposted our updates. We’ll put up a post on missions without actually engaging people with the gospel. We’ll be great spouses on the Web but terrible ones in person.
Let me be clear: I’m not against announcing daddy-daughter dates, concerts, night-outs, church gatherings, etc. via Facebook and Twitter, but I think it’s important not to substitute our “e-relationships” with the real one that we’re presented with daily with our co-workers, spouses, children, church family, and relatives.
The good news is there’s hope for all of us and, yes, I’m including myself. Christ has secured a new, real reality of holiness and missionality on the cross. He’s secured what we never could secure for ourselves. In him, we no longer need to seek approval and identity in our likes, retweets, and reposts, but we can rest in the regeneration we have in Christ Jesus.
(Now go and copy this link on your status so I can feel successful. Kidding.)