We are in an ‘age of selfies.’
The phenomenon of taking your own photo and posting it on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc… is a daily activity for some and the term — and hashtag — “selfie” has become a part of our vocabulary.
Good, bad or indifferent, we even seen it entering the church in sunday morning worship. The discussion of using Instagram and other forms of social media during praise and worship is a discussion that also includes selfies.
Have you taken a selfie during church service?
Selfies & the World Cup
Just after winning the 2014 World Cup, yesterday, this German player takes a selfie with his teammate:
— Lukas-Podolski.com (@Podolski10) July 13, 2014
I don’t know if anyone would call this ‘self-centered’ or ‘self-indulgent’ just because he took a photo of himself with his teammate in his excitement of winning the World Cup, would they? This is the kind of point being made about selfies during praise and worship — that the focus is being taken off God and onto themselves. I find a curious similarity between this German players celebratory action and those of a new generation in the church.
Are selfies simply an active, participatory outward celebration of God?
Is this simply a unique way that this generation expresses themselves?
While I think there’s deeper waters to be explored when it comes to taking selfies during praise and worship — and even sharing pictures of others during worship — we should pause a moment and make sure we are talking about the heart of the matter and ask sensitive questions and not assume that just because you’re taking a selfie, you’re only thinking of yourself.
What do you think?