I sent a photo of our new beautiful grand baby to a family member by email but discovered they had already seen it on Facebook. Facebook news travels faster than a speeding bullet!
Our whole world has changed into a giant network of connected people feeding on huge amounts of information: digital, audio, video and print. Nothing is secret and nothing is sacred anymore. If a camera can snap an image of you, your privacy may instantly evaporate.
I like some anonymity. The thing I have going for me is that I have a good face for radio. Who would waste film to photograph me? Oh, I forgot, they don't use film any more ... it is all digital.
Television, antibiotics, space exploration, nuclear weapons, the Internet: I have seen the world change during my lifetime. This modern era is not your grandpa's culture, is it? I'm not sure I like some aspects of it, either.
Back in the day, a man or woman was known for their character not their personality.
A radical social shift has occurred. We can talk anonymously with strangers around the world. We can be witty and charming with friends. But the essence of who we are — the kind of human being we are — can be easily concealed since personality projects a false image, even on TV or Facebook, whereas character is deeper and truer. Character is built on solid core values not flimsy glib interactions.
Character is who you are in private, whereas your personality is your social image. The real you, the authentic you, is not your Facebook page but your face- back page, the real person looking back at you in the mirror. That person is the real you, the one truly known to God, and a few very close friends.
Your popularity is irrelevant. It's who you are when you are alone that counts. Do you keep your word? Do you behave with integrity? Can you love sacrificially? Will you work hard? Will you be true? That's character.
Ron Wood is pastor of Trinity Assembly in Meridian. He is heard each Sunday on The Father’s Power radio show, 103.3 FM, at 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Trinity is located at State Boulevard Extension and Chandler Road. Phone 601-483-8189 or visit online at www.trinitymeridian.com.