Themes: Good deeds, intention, reasons for doing something
Good for Goods sake
In the age of technology, we have more access than ever to the lives of people all around the world. There are positives and negatives to this. On the positive, you can experience different cultures and contexts, learn about and advocate for important issues and keep connected with friends and family who are a distance away. On the negative, privacy continues to diminish, face to face relationships become prioritized less and people can portray a false image of who they are, what they do and what their intentions truly are set out to be.
One of the by-products of the technological age has seen people document the good deeds they perform. It might be giving a homeless person some food, a stranger some money or some seemingly random act of kindness. The thing is, the whole notion of recording yourself doing something good for sake of showing others comes at a risk. A risk we will explore as warned about by Jesus in Matt. 6.1-4.
Check out this video of a person tending to a house fire. What are some behaviors/actions you notice that he might only be taking because the camera is rolling?