Monday, June 24, 2013

The World of Memes

I never knew what a meme was but I kept getting pictures with quotes  popping up on my Facebook news feed and my daughter told me they are called memes. Malcolm Gladwell wrote, "A meme is an idea that behaves like a virus--that moves through a population, taking hold in each person it infects." Bearing that definition in mind, you might understand how I felt when I saw this recent meme: 

It disturbed me. I certainly don`t want this type of sentiment acting like a virus `taking hold of each person it infects.` Is this what our relationships have come to, that we give up on people? Can you imagine if God gave up on us so easily? What if, when we finally decided to turn our life over to God and to seek His forgiveness, He decided we weren't worth the wait and He turned His back on us? 

I think what disturbed me the most, about this meme, was the total lack of love and compassion for the other person. Whoever first made up this meme thought pretty highly of themselves but didn't regard the other person whom the meme was directed to and because of their actions, now their meme has spread like a virus and their thoughts have infected each person who reads it and shares it. 

1 Corinthians 13 tells us: "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. 

Did you read that last line? "Love never fails". Love doesn't give up on people. It doesn't keep record of past wrongs. Contrary to this meme, love doesn't turn its back on people. Love waits. Love hopes. Love is not self seeking. Love thinks of the other person before it thinks of itself. 

In the age of technology in which we live its incredibly easy to share our thoughts and ideas, our beliefs and passions. At the click of a button we can copy and paste and voila there is a meme representing us posted for all the world to see. Just like we've all be taught at one time or another to think before we speak, we now need to think before we post. We need to ask ourselves if what we are posting truly reflects who we are and what we believe and hold fast to or is it a poison which will 'take hold of each person it infects.' 

Technology is a tool which we have been given. How you use that tool is up to you. Will you use it to spread the love of God and thereby work at fulfilling the great commission which says: "go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature"? (Mark 16:15).  Without actually physically traveling we can reach people all over the globe, thanks to the internet. We can share our ideas, thoughts, feelings and beliefs with people we may never have the chance to meet face to face. 

If you could write a meme which would reflect who you are and what you believe, I hope that it would be better than this meme. When we use a meme we are allowing someone else to speak for us; to express our feelings for us. Knowing this, we need to be careful that they are saying what we really believe and feel. We live in an age of great possibilities. We have the potential to share the gospel like no other generation before us. We have been given a tool, what will we do with it?

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