Video first: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUGmcb3mhLM
This commercial is funny because it’s true.
The irony within the youth culture is that they are so socially connected through social media that they don’t actually know anyone.
It’s a façade that many teenagers fall in to thinking that the more friends they have on facebook the more popular they really are… until they realize that they are sitting in their room alone.
Don’t get me wrong I am not here to bash social media. I use social media, I think it’s great, but like anything it can be perverted. Unfortunately this is a perversion of real relationships.
Real relationships start with meeting face-to-face.
And the younger generation is beginning to lose the ability to hold face-to-face conversations.
Everything is being funneled through a computer like product. Another irony within this is that we are closer to people than ever before and yet we are so far apart. What I mean by that is I can chat to someone in China in a split second but I have never been a part of his or her life.
“Being a part of” will soon cease to exist at the rate we are going with technology in this world.
People naturally desire to have real, authentic relationships. It’s built in us because we are created in the image of God.
God is relational and so are we.
Community is the relational setting that we long for.
Today like never before we need to strive as a community of people to really desire to have face-to-face relationships.
Real, authentic relationships can only come if Jesus is at the center of someone’s life.
As youth leaders, pastors, parents, friends, family, we need to see the value in real face-to-face relationships. We need to strive to be in community with each other, not online, but in real life, with Jesus at the center.
By Sean Kappauf, Jr. High Pastor at the Crossing Church in Costa Mesa California.