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What Does Alex From Target Say About Us?

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.

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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!

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13 Comments

  1. pepiot26

    Posted by pepiot26 on November 23, 2014 at 11:50

    OMG! I THINK THAT IS SO TRUE!

  2. NerdyChick334

    Posted by NerdyChick334 on November 19, 2014 at 23:35

    Oh that’s who Alex from Target is! That girl really should not have taken, let alone posted, his picture without consent. You don’t do that. It’s called respecting privacy. Come on!!

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by luckiesgirl13 on November 13, 2014 at 07:12

    I was never that into the whole #AlexfromTarget thing…I personally would be upset if someone took a pic of me working and it went viral. Even if it was a cute pic.

  4. toughandsweet

    Posted by toughandsweet on November 11, 2014 at 00:45

    truthfully I thought it was pretty funny, and I still do. But yes you are right it would be awesome to see christian suss social media like this to spread God’s word. But I really don’t mind the whole alex from target thing, I think its funny

  5. ktuck22

    Posted by ktuck22 on November 10, 2014 at 20:03

    I love the #alexfromtarget trend because it’s hilarious. I was having a pretty crappy day, and I came home and logged on Twitter to find the trend. I started laughing and smiling for the first time in hours. I told all my friends because, come on, a guy who gets famous from one picture? That’s so funny! And the edits and fanfics people were making were equally as humorous. I happily joined the party and am glad I did. Thanks to the Internet for giving me a much-needed grin that day.

  6. cassdev

    Posted by cassdev on November 10, 2014 at 12:05

    I personally think that the Alex from Target business just shows us how focused society is on appearance. He only got famous for being good looking not because of anything he did.

  7. Paris

    Posted by Paris on November 8, 2014 at 18:14

    I think that people shouldn’t take pictures of you and you don’t know. He got all this fame overnight, and people don’t realize that being famous isn’t easy, and the impact of their actions.

  8. KatieEllanesse@1813

    Posted by KatieEllanesse@1813 on November 7, 2014 at 06:24

    To be honest, I think it’s sad. Call me old fashioned, but it’s kind of creepy taking pictures of an unsuspecting stranger and posting them to the internet and then millions of people also posting it. It also kind of makes me think, if Alex were a girl, would people be calling out sexism? I feel like girls are objectifying this guy, and it’s wrong. He’s a human with feelings, he isn’t just a cute face. In conclusion, I think it’s wrong for people to get famous because they’re good looking.

  9. Jesusfreak1415

    Posted by Jesusfreak1415 on November 7, 2014 at 05:44

    I love this message. It is so true in many ways. How you act in your own life, but also on social media reflects who you are and what you believe, people are always watching you even on the internet (and in Alex’s case at work). So use that platform to share with people all about God’s love and to just be a light to those who need it.

  10. mkay77

    Posted by mkay77 on November 6, 2014 at 18:20

    I think this whole thing is kinda weird…bordering on creepy. Albeit, some of the things I will admit are hilarious, but yet it’s like a “I’m kinda concerned and this is all just very peculiar but maybe guffawing will somehow make it hilarious like hahaha I feel a million times better!” kinda way. Sure, he’s “cute”, and from the interviews, he seems like an easygoing kid who has a great sense of humor, but aside from that, meh. It’s like he’s famous for being famous, y’know?

    Once again I ramble while fuelling solely on energy drinks, so this probably makes no sense. *shoots rainbows out of palms*

  11. Mandi Pi

    Posted by Mandi Pi on November 6, 2014 at 14:31

    I like how you turned this around in your own thoughts! 🙂

    I do not, however, like that this went so viral. 😛 As soon as I saw my friends posting this and obsessing over his looks in the comments, it immediately struck a nerve; it’s like it’s just another exploitation of someone’s looks. 😐 I know I’m certainly guilty for seeing a guy and automatically thinking “he’s really cute”, but when we do that, we are focusing on appearance far more than we should, and that prevents us from seeing and appreciating someone’s heart and personality.

    ^ Yes, I know that I’m over-thinking this. 😛 But things like this just bug me, sooo yeah.

    • Smylinggirl

      Posted by Smylinggirl on November 7, 2014 at 14:29

      I don’t think you are over thinking this. Guys are way more than “cute”, but sadly, that is all we girls tend to see. They are a person with feelings. I completely agree with you.