Last night I was flipping though Flipboard on my phone and discovered this Forbes article predicting the person of the year for 2012. The author suggested it will be the Slacktivist!
Even though the term has been around since the mid 90’s, I really don’t recall hearing it very much – or I really am out of touch with what is going on. Anyway, for those of you in the same boat as me, a slacktivist is someone who does something in support of a cause that requires minimal personal effort. For instance, give $5 dollars online, or post the topic to Facebook, but yet never take any other action. As the article suggests, those people have been pretty powerful with messages such as SOPA, and even some of the Occupy stuff.
But, here is why I was so attuned to this. This is how lots of us follow Christ. We say yes, we post verses to Facebook, and we even give a few dollars – minimal personal effort. Although, I like the concept ( a lot), I don’t think we are called to be that way when we follow the Way.
13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. Romans 6:13 New International Version (NIV)
27He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Luke 10:27 New International Version (NIV)
God loved you so much that he gave his son. Do you think that slacktivism and following the Christ can go together?