Rooted Recommends: iGeneration and iDentity
This article from Gentle Reformation contains a wake-up call that all Christian parents need to hear: “The iGeneration isn’t logging onto social media to argue about politics, post memes, or catch-up with long lost friends. They’re logging on to find themselves – to form, shape, and define their identity. ” Author Kyle Borg argues that parents miss the dangers of social media because adults use their Instagram differently than teens do. Rather than simply logging on to see what longtime friends are up to, or what they might think about an issue, teenagers are being formed by the media they use. That crucial distinction doesn’t mean that social media is inherently and always evil for teenagers; but it does insist that we pay attention and respond actively to social media use among our children.
Thankfully Borg reminds us that community worship is also identity forming. One of the simplest practices of a Christian family is getting up on Sunday morning, showering, and driving to church to worship alongside other believers. The pandemic has made this difficult-to-impossible for believers across the world, but as caseloads diminish, vaccines are distributed, and restrictions gradually ease, we can make corporate worship a family priority again. We worship together faithfully in our homes as regulations and personal health needs dictate, but it will be a strong statement to our children to take up the practice of churchgoing again as soon as it is possible and safe.