The Brotherhood of the Second Cross was established on Father’s Day 2005 where 160 men stood before their wives and children to pledge themselves to purity, self-sacrifice, loyalty, and excellence. Today, hundreds more have joined the commitment.
Social media is changing our world.
Today, we can exercise our angst, flirt with distant friends, and behave irresponsibly with virtually no accountability–all from the safe confines of a computer desk. The temptations that come from being “out there” are rising faster than our ability to address them in a healthy manner.
A decade ago, we were talking about how advances in medical science were moving faster than the ethical discussions of how to regulate them. Now, the technology stream has come to your house and opened doors that we haven’t determined to be healthy. We’re not just more connected than before, we are connected to everything!
Boundaries are needed and, unfortunately, no one will prescribe them for you. As a Godly man, you must choose to build healthy fences around your accesses. Remember that just because you can connect doesn’t mean you should.
Be careful of your friends. Now, I don’t just mean those who come by to grill steaks on your back patio. Be careful of your electronic relationships, with individuals, groups, organizations you know, and those you don’t.
Don’t use the internet to say things you wouldn’t say in person. It’s easy to be careless with words when no one will react in your presence. Be smart, be kind, be wise in your communication.
And encourage your friends–the real ones–to hold you accountable for your online behavior. When a friend sees you trashing a leader or passing on someone else’s vindictive post, you need them to correct your carelessness. Be that friend for others too.
Don’t let the ease of acting foolishly take hold of your behavioral choices. Be the man you are and don’t let your avatar behave differently.