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Fixing Our Privacy Settings

After reading the cover article for @CTmagazine by @ridgewaychris on privacy in the digital age, I feel challenged to trust our protector God and strive for openness and vulnerability both online and in church community.

This has been my philosophy all along. Particularly in social media. If we hide all our conflict or weaknesses or ugly scars, it can be difficult for other people to connect with us. Besides, the world is giving plenty of examples of how not to do it. I think as Christians we should be broadcasting how to do it by grace.

Protecting personally identifiable information is not the same as showing vulnerability with people in real life in your local church. Feeling creeped out about Facebook profiting off of all of our information so that we become a commodity to marketers and politicians is not a sin or the mark of a bad Christian. It’s not wrong to be wary of Alexa or Google Home devices. Build community, but build it offline. Being part of a local church doesn’t require having a public profile on Facebook. Be savvy. Only friend people you know in real life. Be careful about what you share in public forums, which includes Facebook.

I disagree. There is real wisdom in responsibly protecting your personal information. There is also real wisdom in sharing your faith. So, the question really is: “How can I protect my information while at the same time ensuring my faith can be shared?” It can be done.

Who is My Digital Neighbor?

James Eglinton’s description of “winner-take-all democracy” reminded me of something I was told when I first became a member of the elected governing session that leads my Presbyterian congregation. In the Presbyterian church, ...

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