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What Does Alex From Target Say About Us?
Written by Dave Herrmann | November 6, 2014
You may have heard of “Alex from Target” by now. After all, the 16-year-old guy blew up the Internet this week—mainly Twitter—with this photo, which was tweeted out by a young teenage girl who thought he was cute.
Within hours of one girl posting this photo on Twitter, an unsuspecting cashier at a Target outside Dallas, Texas, became an Internet sensation. Before he knew it, he had amassed more than 5,000 followers. The Twitter world picked it up quickly with the now-famous “#AlexfromTarget” trending hashtag. Alex instantly went from normal teenager to Internet superstar, with a current follower count of 600,000+!
Who was “Alex from Target”? Was this a joke? Who was behind this? Questions, questions and more questions arose. Finally, Alex appeared on Ellen and was interviewed by Ellen DeGeneres! We learned that Alex was completely awestruck by his newfound fame and completely overwhelmed by what to do.
This got me thinking: If Alex could get that much Internet attention so fast, why couldn’t anyone? We live in a world of instant fame, if we strike the right chord. Never in the history of the world have we been this connected. Never before have we been able to impact this world for Christ so fast. What happens online is merging more and more into what happens offline. What if Alex was a Christian? (He may be.) How we pose online is how we MUST live offline. A piece of Scripture comes to mind as I write this:
Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5:1-2)
Now, please don’t think I’m going after Alex for anything. I’m not. What I’m trying to say is that the Internet is an interesting place. What you post online can make an impact, whether you are famous or not. Alex had no idea a week ago as to what would happen today. You should be prepared. As a Christian you’re being watched. It bites. It’s REALLY hard to grow up and live out life as a Christian when you’re surrounded by peer pressure, the Internet and just so much more noise. However, through wisdom and discernment, you can do it. I’m 29 and I do my best. Do I fail a lot? Yes! Do I keep trying? Yes!
God’s not telling you to be perfect, but He is telling you through Scripture to live a life of love and practice wisdom everywhere, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and wherever else you may be online.
Ladies, what are your thoughts on this? Share them with us in the comments below!