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Neil wrote: Rick, one pertinent sermon text for this problem (& Facebook as well) is Prov. 29:11.
Not to mention twitter, surely the stupidest bit of social networking yet.
Quite why people feel the need to tell the whole world "What are you doing?" or "What's happening?" at any and every time of the day simply escapes me. Not to mention the safety and security concerns.
Rick wrote: Ironicly, there are more non christians addressing this problem than christians. Maybee many professed christians are too in love with the world.
Could it be that, in some degree, church leaders today are so generally prone to the 'cult of personality' that they first need to hear preaching against their own self-obsessed blogs and twitter posts before they will be fit to preach to others on the subject?
Cell phones, texting, iphones, chocholate rasbury bluebury pearl android..... Poeple can't go 30 seconds without being on one. Poeple no longer talk to others in public. They are to busy being connected to someone miles away, to acknowlege the existence of someone right in front of them. Parents need to parent in this area, Pastors need to preach in this area, and teachers need to be dillegent in monitoring this area. We lost 40% of our congregation, because I insisted that the teens not stay on those things during the service. Ironicly, it was the parents that got mad, left and stirred up others to leave. Teachers in our area can't keep kids of off of them without the parents throwing a fit, and accusing the teachers of violating their childrens rights. This is not an old preacher ranting about technology he doesn't understand. This is a real concern of something that is weakening the very fabric of society. Ironicly, there are more non christians addressing this problem than christians. Maybee many professed christians are too in love with the world.