Paul Washer is one of my favorite voices in the recent Reformed movement. He’s passionate, radical, sometimes abrasive and frequently offends his audience…probably just as a forerunner to the Bridegroom should do (just look at that rough and tumble wild man John the Baptist!) A healthy 1/3 of the sermons on my IPod are from Paul Washer with Piper, Chandler and Driscoll compiling the rest.
I know it seems hypocritical and a bit ironic to post a video rant about Facebook on a blog, especially when it is likely this will be shared via Facebook. There is more here than just an epic rant I assure you. Biblical manhood is Washer’s main focus, and I believe FB and the social media craze in general has an unhealthy grip on both young men and women. A majority of women age 18-35 check their facebook account’s in the morning before they even pee. That’s some news, folks. I share a generation that values a self-indulgent stalker tool over the basic essential bodily functions and needs.
Though there is much to lament about our societal fixation with the trivial (Trolololo Man, I regret to indict you), I know the Holy Spirit has the power to break through the self-inflicted distractions of our lives. I hope Washer’s message doesn’t fall on deaf ears. Godly men will not be found until grown boys repent of their wayward consumption of entertainment and social media.
And I’ll admit, I should be the first one in that line.
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I remember this sermon… I’ve the same line up on my pod, just add sproul. I like Driscoll and piper a lot. should probably look for a MacArthur cast…
I read a decent bit of Mac and Sproul, I typically just download whoever makes their sermons most accessible (sermonindex.com, free podcasts, etc.)
I’m a girl. Why pick on men? Here’s the problem: FB is where I get in touch with friends I haven’t seen in years – pictures of babies, prayer requests, etc. I get some church news and death notices on FB. I also get (and share) real news on FB: abortion, homosexuality, persecution of Christians in the UK and elsewhere, etc.
FB and other social networks are “bad” only if they entertain you and keep you from being aware of social/moral injustices and doing something about them. But for some of us, FB is “good” because it makes us aware of social/moral injustices and helps us spread the word. I use FB to wake people up, spiritually and socially. How do you think the US House mentioned Live Action in its 2011 indictment of Planned Parenthood? Thanks to social networks like Facebook!
I think Washer was directly speaking to a group of young men in this vid. I agree just about anything can be redeemed and anything can be twisted.
Yes, exactly. Social media is just a tool – either to glorify God or to revile him. The same is true with films and guns. We shouldn’t ridicule or ban a tool, but give advice on how to glorify God through that tool.
I love Bro. Paul- he’s a heavy hitter. This message was tailor-made for me. I don’t use Facebook all that much, but I use other websites far too frequently. There’s another Washer vid on Youtube called “A Young Man’s Invitation to a Life of Sacrifice,” along the same lines as the one you posted. Have you seen it, Chief?
Never seen it, I’ll give it a look, God bless!
I love Bro. Paul. He’s a heavy hitter.
This message was tailor-made for me. Though I don’t use Facebook much, I spend far too much time on the Internet and blogging. My time would be better spent elsewhere. There’s another video similar to this called “A Young Man’s Invitation to a Life of Sacrifice,” another Washer video. Have you seen it, Chief?