What will I put on Youtube?
Do you start the week by asking yourself, “What will I put on YouTube or social media this week?” I don’t either. In fact, I’ve never personally put anything on YouTube. Others have posted some sermons that I’ve preached. Many people are addicted to posting something more sensational than the next person on a daily basis. Is the purpose of these posts to outdo others who are posting and get more “likes”, acceptance, and recognition by posting bolder and more daring, destructive, hurtful, or life-threatening videos. What’s with these people? I think some people’s need to post more and more outrageous things is what is driving people to make and post videos of bullying, swallowing detergent pods, fights, beating up people with disabilities, school shootings, suicides, murders and rapes. Something is not right! The type of mentality that delights to post or view all this stuff is not wholesome or healthy.
I don’t understand the mindset that thrives on constant likes, recognition and acceptance of others. I know that for myself, I don’t need the acceptance or approval of everyone to feel good about myself. All I need is God’s acceptance. Paul said, “Wherefore we labour, that whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.” (2 Corinthians 5:9) The next verse informs us that each one of must appear before the judgment seat of Christ and should concern us. Having God’s acceptance and love is the most important thing in my life. Knowing I have family, friends and brethren in Christ who love me is sufficient validation of the value of my life.
When you are searching for something to post on social media, maybe you should look for certain criteria that the older generation was taught by their parents. For instance, is what you are going to post truthful? No one should be spreading lies and falsehoods about others. “Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds.” (Colossians 3:9) “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.” (Ephesians 4:25) Young people need to pay more attention to what God says about lying than they do to “Pretty Little Liars.”
Is what you are going to post on YouTube kind? Obviously, many seem to prefer viewing meanness, cruelty and defilement. “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:31-32) “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering”. (Colossians 3:12)
Is what you post constructive and helpful? Will what you post instruct and make others better people? Many of the things displayed on social media are harmful. An incentive to post things that are truthful, kind and helpful is the fact that by so doing one can have God’s approval. If there was no appetite for these wicked displays, they would disappear.
Why not post wholesome things? Why not post someone being baptized into Christ for the remission of their sins. Since a person must confess Christ (Matthew 10:32-33), he would not be ashamed if the world sees him obeying the gospel. (Galatians 3:26-27) Why not post teens working with Special Olympians. Why not post a gospel singing? These are some things we need to see more often.