O sin that will not let me go?

Mashable, the social media news blog, recently highlighted how social media companies such as Facebook, Twitter, etc, make it extremely difficult to leave their services and make a clean break. Easy to get into, but not so easy to get out of.

As I was reading through the various strategies and tricks these companies use to make us stay, I couldn’t help but hear echoes of the same arguments that sin (and sin’s agents) often uses when we try to extricate ourselves from its grip.

1. “You don’t know what you’re missing.”
If you don’t use Twitter for a few weeks you’ll get an email saying, “We’ve missed you!” It then lists everything you’re missing!!

2. “What did I do wrong?”
You can’t leave Facebook without filling out a questionnaire which effectively makes you feel incredibly guilty about your decision. O yes, and it also lists specific friends who “will miss you.”

3. “I can change.”
MySpace tries to bargain with you, offering new ways to make you happy.

4. “I hope we can still be friends.”
Although Tumblr shows intending leavers a graphic of an anguished robot, it remains friendly and tells you that if you ever want to start things up again, just contact the network and someone will be glad to talk with you.

5. “Think about what you’re giving up.”
Google+ lists everything you’re giving up: Circles, +1s, etc., and warns you that leaving cannot be reversed. So don’t expect a reconciliation!

6. “Let’s work on this.”
LinkedIn says, “Give me another chance and let us help you get more out of your LinkedIn experience.”

7. You’re breaking my heart!”
The artist’s social media service, DeviantART actually has a demon mascot that cries devil-sized tears when you try to delete your account.

8. “Remember all the good times we had.” 
Youtube  reminds you that all videos, comments and your username will be deleted forever. FOREVER!

9. “You’re nothing without me.”
Klout suggests that without its help your really amount to nothing much more than a hill of beans.

10. “I’m not listening/Error message”
Orkut, popular in India and Brazil, simply doesn’t let you go. If you try to delete your account, you get an error message!

If you’re hearing sin’s bargaining, threatening, enticing, manipulating, promising, bullying voice today, remember, “If the Son shall set you free, you shall be free indeed!”

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You’ve read the book, now be in the film!

A young mother. A middle-aged pastor. A high school student. An elderly retiree. What do all these people have in common? They’re all Christians. They all struggle with depression. They all have stories to tell.

At HeadHeartHand Media, we’re convinced that depression in the church is an issue that demands our attention, and in light of the warm reception Christians Get Depressed Too has received, we’re excited to be developing a video curriculum on that very topic!

While the book provides the reader with a short, systematic and easily digestible introduction to subject, we believe that film has incredible potential to give this problem a human face, and thus to motivate and enable us to take steps toward better understanding and response to depression.

A person’s understanding of depression cannot remain theoretical for long. All of us encounter the reality of depression on an almost daily basis. For many believers, that reality is their life. It’s our hope that this curriculum will equip churches to understand and minister to depressed Christians with greater compassion, greater understanding, and greater effect.

Do you have a story of your own?

We’ve already witnessed God’s grace in the lives of several Christians who’ve suffered with depression and can’t wait to share their stories and the lessons they’ve learned. But we need more! And that’s why we’re writing this. We’re hoping we’ll be able to connect with many different believers scattered far and wide who’ve also witnessed God’s gracious care for his sheep. If you or someone you know has suffered with depression in the past, or is still battling with it today, we’d love to hear from you. This is clearly a sensitive subject, and not one most of us would be eager to share in front of a camera; but if you believe that your story could be used for the good of Christ’s church and others suffering with depression, we ask that you’d prayerfully consider contacting us.

At the heart of this curriculum are stories from the trenches. Not stories of super-Christians who could do it all, but stories of ordinary Christians who were brought face to face with their own physical, mental and spiritual weakness. Stories of Christians, who, though they had to walk though this dark valley of depression, have found and continue to find hope in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His provision for their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs.

It’s our prayer that the church will be eager to walk with these believers, hear their stories from their own lips, and absorb the lessons they, their families, and their churches have learned as they journeyed together toward the light. We are confident that God will use this to transform congregations of Christians all throughout the world into gatherings of believers who will tenderly shepherd the hurting sheep among them.

To aid in drawing general lessons, practical helps and a way forward, the curriculum will also include interviews and analysis from several experts in the field: Christian pastors and various counselors who have years of experience to draw on and share with viewers. We believe that this combination of narrative and teaching will be a great introduction for any congregation or small group.

So, if you have a story to tell please contact us at info@headhearthand.org

The HeadHeartHand team,
David Murray
David Faasse
Dirk Naves

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