Saturday, November 21, 2020

Social Media - The New Rameumpton? #givethanks

In the last blog post, I shared a chart showing the difference between a Global Faith Leader and a Prophet of God. There were many more differences that could have been added to the list, but I didn't have room on the chart. However,  I wanted to share one more that was brought to my attention from one of my friends. It is the difference in opinions about social media. 




One says social media should become your journal. Which takes you TO the social media daily, and leads to daily habits of engaging with it. That along with deliberately stated uncertainty as to whether this fulfills promises made to Abraham. The other clearly says to turn from it, as it will fill you with lies, emotional and mental deficiencies, misinformation, vanity and foolishness.

I do think that there can be much good shared on social media. However, this is one documentary that needs to be seen before making social media your journal. It is called The Social Dilemma.  





Sidenote: 

Here is a meme that was posted on the Church's website after the worldwide talk that was given yesterday. I listened to the talk and unless I missed something, I only heard the first two on the list. mentioned as the solution to our current problems.. I think it is unfortunate that the third was never mentioned.  I wonder why that was edited out from the talk. Personally, I believe it is the most important and should be the first one the list. 



btw: I hope that over the next seven days that social media doesn't become the New Rameumpton of our day.


Gratitude

 "Now the place was called by them Rameumptom, which (being interpreted) is the holy stand. Now from this stand they did offer up, every man, the selfsame prayer unto God, thanking their God that they were chosen of him, and that he had not led them away after the tradition of their brethren, and that their hearts were not stolen away to believe in things to come, which they knew nothing about. Now when the people had all offered up thanks after their manner, they returned to their homes, never speaking of their God again, until they had assembled themselves together again to the holy stand to offer up thanks after their manner. Now when Alma saw this, his heart was grieved, for he saw that they were a wicked and a perverse people.... 

Behold, O God, they cry unto thee, and yet their hearts are swallowed up in their pride. Behold, O God, they cry unto thee with their mouths while they are puffed up, even to greatness, with the vain things of the world. Behold, O my God, their costly apparel, and their ringlets, and their bracelets, and their ornaments of gold, and all their precious things which they are ornamented with. And behold, their hearts are set upon them, and yet they cry unto thee and say, We thank thee, O God, for we are a chosen people unto thee, while others shall perish." Alma 31:17- 28





5 comments:

Karen said...

The most offensive thing to me was that Nelson said that filling social media with expressions of gratitude would perhaps partly fulfill the promise to Abraham that through his seed the families of the earth would be blessed. What?! Are they literally watering down the Abrahamic covenant to being partially fulfilled through a social media gratitude blitz! Are the members of the church really this deprived of substance that they accept this fodder as meat?

As a friend pointed out---Oprah-false-prophet-Winfrey recommended gratitude journals years ago. Who needs Nelson when we got the goods from Oprah decades ago?! Kind of comical if you think about it.

Anonymous said...

Can't help wondering why November 20, 2020 at 11:00 during the 11th month was chosen for delivery of the message.
Number patterns have been important to a group of people who don't have humanity's highest good in mind. Could there be some ulterior motive for asking people to post gratitude for everything and everyone in their lives on social media?

gruden said...

What's interesting is the Church owns ~$700M in social media company stocks, the majority of which is FB. When you get a bunch of Mormons posting to FB, this increases interactivity, which helps drive up ad revenue and... increases the stock value and therefore the value of the Church's holding.

And it's not like what they're having members post has a great deal of inherent value. Doesn't really help proselyting either (non-members wondering what the heck is going on, but not much beyond that).

After the City Creek Mall I didn't think it would be possible for it to be more obvious what the church was about these days... until now. Incredible.

Taylor said...

Not sure about y'all's households, but the #givethanks social media gratitude blitz from President Nelson is not having an entirely positive outcome for some.  It's resulted in a hyper comparison dynamic where everyone else's expressions of gratitude are only pointing out to others that their lives may lack some of the things others are grateful for.  It amplifies one of the regrettable things about social media which is a world of false comparisons.  Which cause despair and sadness for too many. It's like valentines day being termed "singles awareness day".  And for many the day is unpleasant.  Not that couples shouldn't enjoy being couples and having a valentines day.  They of course should.  And people can and should be able to express gratitude.  100%.  It's healthy and scripturally supported.  But usually journals are private. Over the past 5 days I'm coming to the view that a gratitude journal ought to be private.  Social media is a poor platform for that, since it amplifies false perceptions. I honestly think it exacerbates emotional issues when we broadcast things like was suggested this past week to people we hardly know.  

I find little evidence President Nelson's flooding of social media with gratitude is fulfilling promises made to Abraham.  In his defense he did say "perhaps".  "Perhaps" it would fulfill those promises.  But that sounds too much like the mainstream media, who's words and false predictions are filled with uncertainty, full of words like  "perhaps" "could" "might" "possibly" etc etc.  At least prophets speak with certainty.  Whether or not people comply is up to them, but as to the prophetic statement itself, there is no uncertainty.  

If I'm mistaken, someone please set me straight.

Anonymous said...

It's just easier to ignore Russell Nelson than get all up in arms about what he has to say. That is something I need to do more of (ignoring a man).

Good post!