This is The Church Sofa Week In The Internet. A quick roundup of stuff that caught my attention in many ways.
Play the MAN You Are
Satan tries to obscure sins by rendering them nearly impossible to define. He smuggles effeminacy into the church by forbidding any specific definition. Desiring God
The Desiring God guys have put together a super long piece on why they believe effeminacy is wrong, and indeed a sin.
As a result of reading the Desiring God site, I kinda want to grow long hair and wear a pink shirt.
A Public School Swagger?
About this tweet from the good old C of E…
Dearest C of E. I do like you. Your online stuff is generally quite good. But please don’t be that Twitter Account. Is a “public school swagger” really seen as a good thing?
Unless of course you mean that tweet ironically, and you actually have an interesting opinion about people with a “Public School Swagger”? In that case. Well played.
Social Media Firms and Mental Health.
Well. After the tragic suicide of a young teenager, Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care called on Instagram to deal with images of self harm on its site. Instagram has thankfully reacted positively to this call.
Church Times has written on this with the title “Social-media firms are failing to protect children from harmful content online, says bishop”, and within the text of the article say…
Young people had expressed to her a desire to report harmful content themselves, she said, but they did not want social media to be “demonised”, either. Church Times
Isn’t there a hint of demonization in the title?
There’s something about how the media is treating this story is grating on me a little. I guess in the field of mental health I wonder if we’re looking in the wrong direction?
Perhaps we should be discussing unrealistic images of life put across by not just digital media, but media in general? How about cuts to Mental Health Services and other services around the country? Could we talk about pressures on the family unit in general?
What do you think?
For those who haven’t heard. Imagine you need to sign up to benefits. Imagine you’ve lost your job and you need some money to get you sorted whilst you look for another job? (For one example).
Imagine being told you have to wait for 5 weeks at least before anything comes through?
Does that feel too long? Join the campaign hosted by The Trussell Trust (The foodbank guys). Help them do something about it.
Thats it. I’m done. That all felt a little ranty this week.
Sorry about that.
Is there anything I should of ranted about instead?
Maybe this should be called The Church Sofa rant of the week?