Friday, February 13, 2009

Help our Christian brothers

I have a facebook account and honestly have been appalled at some of the profile pictures from women requesting to be added as friends who list on their profile that they are Christian. They're either half-naked, or in a suggestive or provocative pose. To make matters worse, almost all of them are married. What's up with that?!

If we claim to be Christians we need to flee from doing the things of the world. This isn't a good witness nor does it build up our brothers in Christ who may or may not be struggling with an addiction to porn. Our society bombards us with sexual images everywhere. You can't even check the weather online without seeing a scantily clad woman modeling lingerie on the sidebar. I have male friends and relatives on my facebook account whom I value too much to place a stumbling block in their paths. I will not add any woman as a friend to my facebook who has an inappropriate profile photo. They'll just sit in the request section until they can change to something a little more decent.

It doesn't just end with a profile shot: watch your language. I have seen some ladies' conversations on their wall that are laced with sexual inuendo. This should not be! Especially, when they are married to another man!

1 Peter 3:10-11 (Psalm 34: 12-16)
For, "Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it."

If you have a friend who claims she is a Christian that posts inappropriate photos or has inappropriate conversations, approach her in love and ask if she is aware that this may be a stumbling block to others. Ask if she believes Christ would be honored by her actions. If she is a new Christian, she may genuinely not be aware that what she is doing is inappropriate.

Or, if you don't know her well, you may have an opportunity to witness to her. Perhaps she says she is a Christian only because she just grew up in the church. Find out what she really believes if her walk is inconsistent with her talk.

In the meantime, here is something you can share with your male brothers in Christ which may help keep their thoughts pure. You can go to this website and download a filter that will work on your facebook account if you have Mozilla Firefox as your browser. It will replace the smutty, suggestive ads that run on the right side column of facebook with scripture. It works for Youtube and MySpace as well! Unfortunately, it doesn't work for Internet Explorer.

Click on this weblink and follow the instructions.


Michelle Miano said...

Thanks so much Jessica. I already have someone in mind that I plan on talking to. This person likes to swear in some of her status and I don't really like it. I'll probably downloaded that application too. I'd rather not see any of that kind of stuff too even if I am a girl and not a guy. Have a wonderful day!

Luke said...

Thanks for your thoughts here!

It is so important to watch out for the purity of our sisters.

You might like this video from Covenant Eyes. It was just finished. It is all about the power of temptation online and raising the bar of purity in our churches: