The majority of women wear bras, and bras come in a number of colors. After yesterday’s widespread (dare I say rampant) Facebook posts declaring bra color yesterday, we are all now aware that women and men are anatomically different. Thanks for clearing that up.
Don’t you love this new world that social media has created? What most people seem to have missed, however, is that after one posted the color du jour (or lack thereof), she was supposed to administer a self-exam to check for lumps. Yet, I didn’t see anything about that in all those status updates. How many did the exam after their post? My guess is, very few.
As the day progressed, my reaction to it evolved. The initial batch of one-word color updates didn’t even register as a blip on my radar. I was blissfully clueless. I did find it rather odd that a couple of otherwise proper ladies I knew posted the word “nude” as their status. Wha? Finally I figured it out, but thankfully my bride refrained from the whole thing, as did all my female relatives. Whew!
Two things come to mind as we put this day of viral silliness behind us. The first concerns how we as Christians often speak in code language. If someone is not in our little church club, they may have no idea what we’re talking about. Words like saved, justified, fellowship, sanctified, redeemed, even sin, the cross, heaven or hell, make little sense to someone not versed in Christianese. Imagine what a non-Christian vegetarian or animal rights supporter must think when we declare to each other we are consuming blood and flesh in our worship services! Do we dumb down the message we proclaim to accommodate them? No, but we can certainly do more than we often do to interpret timeless truth into something more intellectually satisfying than Christian babble.
The second thought I have relates to youth leaders such as myself, as well as parents. We strive to connect with kids, to get to know them beneath the surface, and to do so we realize that we must often point to ourselves as examples of how God can use broken people for His plan. But there is a line that we should think very carefully before we cross. There is such a thing as inappropriate self-disclosure. There have been times that I have had to turn down direct requests from students to give more information about things in the past than I discerned would be healthy in the big picture.
A friend posted – and I’m not sure if this had anything to do with the color updates – that her 5th grade son always refers to it as “breast awareness” rather than “breast cancer awareness.” Communication with kids is important, but there are definitely some things we ought to keep to ourselves.