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The Word Became Status

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Guinevere Christian

on 14 October 2013

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Transcript of The Word Became Status

The Word Became Status:
An Issue Night on Social Media

Speak Life...
You Have a Choice
Social media isn't positive or negative - it's neutral. That means we can use it for evil, or for good.

Meet Emily...
Social Media Can Be Powerful...
Lost in Translation
It's amazing how quickly a word or message can change from one thing to another.
When we hear something provocative, especially a rumor or even a lie, we often want to tell others.
Words are powerful, but they can also hold more weight depending on the source.
We use words all of the time, but one of the places our words have a great deal of power is on social media.
It is easier than ever to share something online that can be spread around quickly – and a lot of people think, “If it is online, it must be true.”
More and more our online persona has an impact on our real life persona.
If people read only our social media, would they know we are disciples of christ? Would they know we are people who stand up for truth?
Offending Truth
We are called to be the disciples of Christ in the world. We are called to “put away all malice and all guile and insincerity and envy and all slander” (1 Peter 2:1).
Statuses or comments that are posted with the intention of boasting, ridiculing, or being deceitful are offenses against truth and thus offenses against God, who is Truth.
: blatant lies about another that harms their reputation (this is often also what we consider gossip or a rumor).
: stating something about someone else that is not necessarily flase, but puts them in a bad light to others. Tearing apart someone’s reputation is a form of killing. Detraction and calumny destroy the reputation and honor of one’s neighbor (CCC 2479).
or bragging is an offense against truth. When we post pictures or statuses with the intention of making others jealous or building up our own reputation, then we portray falsehoods that affect others.

Being Disciples of Truth
• What if we decided that we would let our online persona reflect who we are as a disciple?
• Our words have power, but The Word Has Ultimate Power.
• Discern before you hit send.
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