Alcoholic beverages have been around for thousands of years and they are a part of our history as humans. Social media has been around for several years and it’s popularity is steadily growing. Although one is an ancient drink and the other a modern day technological invention they both share a few things in common:
Both fall into the category of gray areas:
Alcohol is fermented grains. It does not have a heart or soul and therefore it is morally neutral. Drinking alcohol would fall into what many call a “gray area”. The same could be said of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or whatever social media you are into. Morally neutral.
Both can be a means to interact with others.
Social drinking is what we do on special occasions and when we go out with friends. It helps us relax and talking about how good the Guiness or Pinot noir aids in small talk.
The same can be said of social media. It also helps us connect with folks who are far away from us and it relaxes us to see some of the humorous and sometimes insightful videos, statuses, tweets and comments
Both can be abused. The Bible has considerable warnings against abusing alcohol and liquor. This is because too much of it can overwhelm our senses and sense of judgment. Too much of a good thing is not a good thing.
The same can be said for social media. While it cannot overpower us like alcohol it can lead us to disconnect from the real world and avoid living life. We can also steal time from our work as we are on someone else’s clock.
Both can be used for good. At the same time alcohol can be used for good. That’s why Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding (John 2:1-11) The writer of Ecclesiastes encourages us to enjoy wine (Ecclesiastes 9:7) and Paul tells his young protege Timothy to take a little wine for his stomach (1 Timothy 5:23)
In the same way, social media can be used for good like a viral YouTube video that rallies thousands to a cause or a blog post that enlightens or mind on a subject or a tweet that directs us to a special bargain.
So alcohol and social media have a lot in common. They both are gray areas. They both help us interact with others. They both can be abused. They both can be used for good. They both need to be consumed in moderation