Sexting, Snapchat and Sexuality

Kevin Ibanez

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.  Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”  Galatians 6:7-8

Have you ever heard of “sexting” or Snapchat?  If you never have, chances are that you are not around teens or young adults very much because this is part of their world and what they are dealing with on a regular basis.   Just this morning I saw a news report about a terrible situation that has happened involving students from two of our local high schools.  Allegedly, a high school aged boy from one high school convinced some boys from his school to give him nude pictures of their ex-girlfriends, who attend another local high school and then he proceeded to “tweet” them, causing a huge uproar at the local high schools and in these student’s cyber-worlds.  This is not the first time this has happened and I think it is safe to say, it will not be the last.  This “sexting” or sending sexually provocative texts is a trend that many teens and young adults (and even a few older adults) are engaging in, causing a completely new area of challenges, problems and that can have long-term repercussions.

With the advent of the Internet and the World Wide Web, we have opened a Pandora’s Box into a whole other realm of sexual immorality and perversion.  Though the Internet has and will continue to be used for many good and noble purposes, conversely also a tool can be harnessed for evil and to harm others as well.  Snapchat is an app that can be downloaded onto smart phones and personal computers.  The premise of Snapchat is simple: Send a photo or short video to a friend and it will self-destruct after 10 seconds. That way, it will not wind up on the Internet and ruin anyone’s reputation, friendships, or career.

Needless to say, this has made Snapchat a wildly popular choice for “sexting”.  However, Snapchat’s appeal goes far beyond that.  In an age in which “privacy” and “technology” have become almost antonymous, it has been billed as the anti-Facebook, a communications tool that deletes your data rather than preserving, analyzing, and trading on it.  In short, it is supposed to make messaging fun again.

So what are we supposed to do about this?  As a Christian parent, I must be very aware of what my children, teens and young adults are into on their phones and on the Internet.  As long as they are under my roof, I am responsible for them and to them.  Of course, they will make mistakes, have poor judgment and sin, but as their father/parent, I must not only teach and correct them as a parent, but also point them to God’s Word, as the spiritual leader in our home.  In Proverbs 1:20-33 the writer of the Proverbs talks about how important it is to heed the warnings and correction of wisdom and to be prepared to face the consequences if we choose to be unwise.  The Apostle Paul tells us in Galatians 6:7-8 NIV, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.  Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”

We live in a world that sadly is reaping to the flesh and making foolish and sinful decisions that can have lifelong consequences.  Nevertheless, there is hope.  We can and must point people to the hope, love, acceptance and forgiveness that can only come through the good news of the gospel and in our Lord Jesus.  Jesus tells us in Mark 1:15 NIV, “"The time has come," he said.  "The kingdom of God has come near.  Repent and believe the good news!"”  In addition, the Apostle Paul reminds us that when we become followers of Jesus that we are, “a new creation.  The old has passed away; behold, the new has come (2 Cor. 5:17).”

So, if we have family and or friends who have been caught up in this or any other form of sexual immorality, help them.  Rather than kicking them while they are down, reach down, help them dust themselves off, show them the love of Christ and help them follow Christ.  Jesus did this for us.  He reached down, out of heaven, pulled us out of the mess we were in, and loved us.  Therefore, we, too, must do this and follow His example.

 

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