Jump directly to the Content

Can I Get a Witness?

Social media is dangerous if we use it to validate ourselves.
Can I Get a Witness?

A few years ago I saw a movie—chosen by my wife—called Shall We Dance? One of the characters had an insightful monologue about the meaning of marriage. She said:

"We need a witness to our lives. There's a billion people on the planet. I mean, what does any one life really mean? But in a marriage you're promising to care about everything. The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things … all of it, all of the time, every day. You're saying, 'Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go unwitnessed because I will be your witness.'"

Her intent in the film is to explain the companionship we long for in marriage, but I think the fear of living an unnoticed life also reveals the powerful appeal of social media.

Last year at the Passion Conference, Louie Giglio told 60,000 young people, "The only thing I'm afraid of is living an insignificant life." That fear resonates ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe to Christianity Today magazine. Subscribers have full digital access to CT Pastors articles.

December
Support Our Work

Subscribe to CT for less than $4.25/month

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

Related
Acceptable Risk in Youth Ministry
Acceptable Risk in Youth Ministry
Some peril accompanies any activity, but how much is too much?
From the Magazine
I Used to Run with Drug Addicts and Prostitutes. Now I Share the Gospel with Them.
I Used to Run with Drug Addicts and Prostitutes. Now I Share the Gospel with Them.
My journey from life on the streets to life in Christ.
Editor's Pick
The Worst (and Best) Passage for Generosity Sermons
The Worst (and Best) Passage for Generosity Sermons
The widow’s mite story is about more than her sacrificial giving.
close