My Quest To Teach

March 1, 2015

Social Media and the Church of Christ

Social Media and the Church of Christ

What is your Social Media Pace?

Sharing my faith…………………

“Most people spend at least 1/3 of their online time on social
networks now. In order to be relevant, Christians and churches
have to leverage that to connect people when they’re not in the
pews.” Jonathan Pearson

Do you think before you post content or do you post with no thought
to your content? In #2015 Church of Christ members are watching
who is trending (not in the Church of Christ), listening to Podcasts,
subscribing to Youtube channels; Church of Christ members are
Blogging and Skyping. Downloading and installing Apps making
connections easier and bringing the world directly to Smartphones,
tablets, watches; new technologies are connecting members of the
Body to family, friends and others as we live our lives working, taking
care of our families, bike riding, skateboarding, surfing, driving,
swimming, walking and exercising.

The pace of life is increasing with our actions being managed by
intelligent digital devices. Technology is making it easier for interaction,
creating content for educational institutions, and even allowing Church
of Christ members to create a paradigm shift in diverse ways to
participate in worship.
Blinding the lines of privacy, engagement, interaction and even sharing
scripture with the delicacy of interpretation of doctrine.

Bullying/Cyberbullying is unfortunately increasingly frequent, social
injustices are being spread by words, video and interactive occurrences
online and new dangers are being created by terrorist organizations
recruiting teens and young adults through Social Media platforms.
Now that electronic devices are becoming a demand at churches,
ministerial leaders are finding that policies and procedures need to be
in effect to ward off inappropriate access to content that distracts and
disrupts the doctrine of Saving Souls and Keeping Souls Saved.
The Church of Christ must leverage 21st century resources in tech
to attract, connect and educate non members to the importance
of saving their souls through eternity.

Churches are becoming more concerned with the integration of
technology while church services are ongoing; youth, teens and young
adults are lacking the respect and understanding not to use the Internet
for accessing content that is inappropriate. Communicating with family
and friends during services that compose of gossip, creating mistrust,
and dissension in the house of worship. The Church of Christ is seeing
the increase of technology and Social Media are changing the dynamics
of human interaction. The question “should a Christian use Social Media”
is a subject for continued debate.

A simplified answer is if the user; a member of the Body of Christ will
allow God to use their actions for His purpose to Save Souls and Keep
Souls Saved, giving rise to the Kingdom, Social Media can be a benefit.
Looking at scripture we see that all actions should bring glory to God;
glory beyond a person’s own personal agenda. As in 1 Corinthians 10:31
“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the
glory of God.” The people of the Body of Christ should understand this
scripture and others; 1 Corinthians 10:32 “Give none offence, neither to
the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God.” Be true to God
and his word; be honest, hard working and diligence in doctrine. There
is no monetary profit in serving God, the opportunity to lift his Kingdom
and the chance to Save Souls and Keep Souls Saved.
1 Corinthians 10:33 “Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking
mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.”

Social Media has positive uses, it is up to Christians to understand and
apply knowledge and use SM in an appropriate manner. Christian
parents should be mindful that not everyone on the Internet has pure
motives, and should use safety precautions with their children. Be
selective as to who is accepted as a friend or fan. Parents, it is
important to monitor children’s use of Social Media platforms and
the utilization of Social Media tools. Parents have a responsibility to
interact with their children and guide their interaction with others
they meet online. Education is important and needed to understand how
the Internet works.

Parents are the foundation to build responsible and accountable social
creatures, in Proverbs 27:17 states “Iron sharpens iron;” so a parent will
sharpen their children’s skill and abilities in the Church of Christ
in education and even in Social Media. Having a discussion on
expectations for using digital tools, children do not know nor realize
the implications of their online activity.
When content is posted online it is posted to the Internet, a global
digital network platform. This global platform can influence futures,
children should be taught that everything written online is potentially
permanent and viewable by anyone. Limiting and monitoring the amount
of time children and teens are online is a wise decision.

Christians in the Church of Christ can use the enormous resources
online to further their education in scripture. There are multiple versions
of scripture online that can help in furthering the educational growth of
members of the Body. Opening doors for sharing Christ, encouragement
in listening to audio bibles and awaken the spiritual desire to learn.
Stated in Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider one another to provoke
unto love and to good works.” Good works and provoking love can be shared
online with brothers and sisters or those seeking to learn more about the
Body of Christ.

Resources:
Blue Letter Bible
http://www.blueletterbible.org/
Bible Gateway
http://www.biblegateway.com
Westside Church of Christ Youtube Channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkKwd0ZH9-6aB9Dw_UaHZ2A
Social Media Tips from News4 Jacksonville – Video
http://www.news4jax.com/news/social-media-tips/27331942

February 25, 2015

What Selma Taught Me About Being A Father


What Selma Taught Me About Being A Father

Reflections of a time not too long ago and the dangers of it returning
in a new century generate fear and a mission not to allow racism to
destroy what was achieved. If African Americans particularly men do
not want history to repeat itself then the only way to accomplish this
is for fathers to be proactive in teaching their sons and daughters the
value of education, the value of accepting who they are, the importance
of graduating with a high school diploma, not a certificate of completion.
The importance of attending and graduating from a college, trade
school, obtaining vocational education skills or a military career.
Too many men are not doing their jobs, fathers have a responsibility
to prepare each generation for the responsibilities of community and
societal activism, the ability for each generation of boys, teens, young
men and adult men to be providers for their children not just
sperm donors.
Men who are capable should be working in order to provide for their
children and not selling their children into slavery; the slavery of EBT
cards, the slavery of welfare and public assistance and the slavery of
a criminal justice system where privatization of prisons only increases
the demand for an uneducated, under skilled, mentally brainwashed
and indoctrinated mind to underachievement and under skilled from
society that is brainwashed with music, drugs, mental deterioration
that African Americans cannot succeed and only belong in their hoods
or incarcerated.

Boys need mentors, role models and fathers or surrogate fathers.
Men can teach a boy or teen how to be a proper man. Women can guide,
nurture, and set high expectations, but women are not men so cannot
effectively build the foundation to help boys grow into men. Societal
issues are challenges, but men need to “man up” and be fathers, role
models and providers for their homes, their communities and their
places of worship. Blame cannot be placed on whites any longer when
parents do not prioritize education or community unity.

Society has challenges that are unique to the Blackman, viewing Selma
the visions of disrespect, denial of societal and constitutional rights have
always plagued men of color. The killing of unarmed Black men have been
consistently happening for decades. Black men do have a target on their
backs, their heads, their hearts and is seems their souls.
Selma shows the importance of voting rights, the importance of having more
Black attorneys, judges, prosecutors and more law enforcement officers that
are educated and have a passion for honesty and truth and building trust
not fear.
Selma has many lessons that must be shared to make each generation better
not feared and endangered of extermination.

The lessons of Selma must be taught by fathers must include wisdom:
1. Fathers talk to your children openly and honestly, develop a mutual level
of trust and respect. Build on the love of a father not the fear of humiliation
and physical aggression.
2. Fathers listen to your children when they talk to you. Refrain from giving
advice every time, guide the discussion so they can form decisions for themselves
and problem-solve using critical thinking skills and common sense.
3. Fathers talk to your children about the importance of love, affection, devotion,
trust and treating people with respect. The danger of teaching a child to be “hard”
because they lose compassion for each other and their culture.
4. Fathers talk to your children about their values and by what foundation it is
built on; church, family, a work ethic and importance of education.
5. Fathers ask your children about what they think about community issues and
watch the news together and share experiences. Listen to your children and learn
to respect them and appreciate their needs.
6. Fathers learn your child’s language. Preteens and teens speak using various
terms and abbreviations. Learn what they are so you can better communicate on
their level sometimes. Don’t just talk about sex, have discussion on drugs, alcohol
(alcohol contributes to changes in behaviors and decisions), smoking and peer
pressure. One survey showed that almost 1 out of 4 teens that had sex say they
used drugs or drank alcohol.
7. Fathers teens who use drugs are five times more likely to have had sexual
intercourse that is unprotected. (http://www.4parents.gov/sexrisky/index.html)
8. Fathers tell your child that you love them and when you do use eye contact,
give them a hug or pat on the back.
9. Fathers give your child a pat on the back or a high five when talking or just
playing around.
10. Fathers show unconditional love when you tell your child that you love them.
Don’t use the words “when you” or “each time” or “if you”. Let them know you
love them all the time.
11. Fathers take your child out on dates to spend quality time with them.
12. Fathers make it a priority to visit your child’s school to view their work and
talk to teachers.
13. Fathers learn the three levels your child receives information through
communication: Auditory – hearing; some children need to hear “I Love You”
Tactile – touching; some children need a hug or a pat on the shoulder.
Visual – seeing; some children need to see your expressions, hand movements
and body gestures.
15. Fathers create family time; it just does not have to be dinner time.
16. Fathers remember children make mistakes so be patient when teaching.
All children do not learn the same and don’t compare children.
17. Fathers don’t try to be cool or hip or down. Just be yourself.
18. Fathers don’t argue with your children; you are the parent, the adult,
not their equal or their peer or their friend.
19. Fathers Go to church and talk about their spirituality and beliefs.
20. Fathers remember the apple does not fall far from the tree. Your
children are a biological copy of you and their mother. You will see your
good and bad traits in your children.

February 18, 2015

Fathers: Are You Teaching The Lessons of Selma

Fathers: Are You Teaching The Lessons of Selma

Chinua Achebe (Nigerian Author), “We cannot trample upon the
humanity of others without devaluing our own.”

This is one of the wise sayings of The Igbo culture of Nigeria the
homeland of Chinua Achebe. Many of his books dissect the practice
of colonization that denied human rights of Africans in their native
lands on the continent of Africa.
Blacks in America can relate on multiple levels because of the situations
and circumstances of slavery, segregation, and laws designed to deny
human and constitutional rights.

“He who will hold another down in the mud must stay in the mud
to keep him down.” The Education of a British-Protected Child:
Essays. Blacks have been held down in the red clay of Georgia to
the sandy dirt of Florida and the other soils of this nation.
Over the centuries Blacks have fought and died for rights that
whites have had. Rights that should have automatically been
given to Blacks because they were earned from decades of slavery,
denied because whites control and continue to control the very fabric
of the American society.

The movie Selma has highlighted the power and effectiveness of
unification by Blacks in gaining their rights. Center piece is the
urgency, responsibility and accountability of men to step forward to
sacrifice and fight through legal means and in peaceful marches to
make life better for their children and their grandchildren.
The foci were diverse, the genesis on voting rights, the
encompassing power of being able to vote and influence the
electoral process. Education continues to be a central focus because
an uneducated Black community is left deprived of jobs that help
to provide for the families of Black men and women. When a group
is denied education and voting rights their communities will
decline into chaos, poverty, crime, homelessness, hopelessness and
lack of investment to build or maintain that community.

The Black father / men is key to keeping Black communities stable,
alive, safe and vibrant. When Black men are working they reinvest
their dollars into their families and they (the families) reinvest
into their communities. Black men that work are more prone to value
their homes, automobiles, neighborhoods and even are more active in
their places of worship because hope is seen outside of the church
not just from preaching from the pulpit and singing which brings a temporary
solace. The reality is that Black men are attacked on multiple fronts
that seem to drain him of his will and desire to keep pushing forward.
“Fathers, it is time to lift our children, our families, our culture,
our communities from the mud of poverty, ignorance, death and
destruction.” William Jackson – My Quest To Teach

The lessons of Selma are a transformative nature where at
one time many Black men sacrificed for their families, worked
two or three jobs to pay rent, pay utilities and keep food in the
home for their families, in today’s society there are the
challenges of finding a job or starting a career. Educational
opportunities are challenging where the color of your skin may
mean testing for ESE or directed to a School to Prison Pipeline
to keep dropout rates high and prison cells full. The opportunities
to graduate from high school with a diploma that will open doors
to higher educational opportunities or military service are still a
challenge for too many Black children.

In Selma we saw that men are the foundation of the family, the
corner stone of the community and the workers in the church.
Fathers are supposed to be the rock that their children rely on,
their families can stand on during the storms of life and the
challenges that they will face. There are many lessons and
examples exposed in the movie Selma the most enduring is
the active participation by men to rally in a movement that
means to change injustices.
Men unify and expand their influence through planned
strategy that encourages collaboration and cooperation for
the betterment of Black people not for self promotion or monetary
personal gain.

Young and old participated in the marches and protests of the
sometimes violent states, but men were active and involved.
They worked to change laws, they sacrificed to change policies
and to stop discrimination for their children’s and grandchildren’s
future. This blog addresses the responsibilities of “men in the villages”
of the many Selma’s in this nation. Men must re-evaluate the
importance of their children; their children/families should
come first, the value of the lives they helped to create are
invaluable. A father’s legacy is not in how many children they
created, but how they take care of them and educate them. Did the
father inspire the value for education in the home or did they
allow the streets to raise their children? Did the father go to
school and talk to teachers and administrators or did the father
ignore misbehavior’s and disrespectful attitudes allowing another
Black child entrance to a School to Prison Pipeline?

Men have a right that extends to the accountability and responsibility
to be involved in their children’s educational growth and development.
To develop positive societal morals and ethics, fathers need to be
involved in a dialogue that is a growth from watching Selma.
An appropriate quote from Nigeria that the late Achebe shares,
“People who do not seek their fellow human beings’ help when in danger
or difficulty are therefore animalistic.” Black men that ignore, reject
or deny their children and families are worse than animals. Today Black
fathers are needed to teach their children how to survive.
“People say that if you find water rising up to your ankle, that’s the
time to do something about it, not when it’s around your neck.” Chinua Achebe
The blood of youth killed by Black on Black crime is around the knees
of us all that stand by and do nothing.

The movie Selma and the current events of police brutality and increased
civic unrest are screaming for actions from men/fathers/grandfathers.
How much more will be done in violence just as in Selma as seen on the
streets of the nation before men will band together in unity to stop
the violence done to Blacks in this nation and by Blacks to each other?
As a man, father, and educator, I must learn from events like Selma so I
teach my children and others to be cautious, to be intelligent, to be
positive in their actions and love who they are and their culture.
Their hopes and dreams are based on their abilities through education,
prayer and the knowledge that their village cares about them.

Selma has many lessons, the key elements are education, voting rightsand
the rights of human beings. Fathers affect the whole environment;
“…children who identified a father or father figure scored higher on
basic learning skill tests and had a stronger sense of competence and
social acceptance compared to children without fathers”
(University of Maryland Medical News, 2000).

Fathers have you had a Selma discussion with your children and are you
leading your children and families or running away from them?

William Jackson, M.Ed.
Parent, Educator, Speaker
Blogger: My Quest To Teach
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Twitter: @WmJackson
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