Thursday, May 5, 2011

Copy Cats on FB, Twitter, and Ministry..

The other night I posted this on my Twitter account and FB account.

I dislike when people tweet other people's tweets and not include RT ...   

Just a small pet peeve that I have.  But I also see it in ministry all the time.  I see it in blog posts, hear it at times in podcasts, and have also heard it live in sermons.  And this is nothing new.  I just don't understand why people have to be copycats instead of just saying they heard it somewhere and give the original author the credit.

Why is this so hard?
Why do we have to try to look like the smart person?
And what do we do if we get caught?  I've seen it happen and the person just said, "Oh it was in my nights, I was just in the zone and I forgot to quote them."

I've seen and heard several pastors give entire messages of Andy Stanley's, Doug Fields, Francis Chan, and even Billy Graham where they failed to quote and claim it for their own.  I use other pastors material from time to time, but I make sure to give the brothers credit.  And I hope that you do the same.

1 comment:

  1. I have about 20 or so pages of original jokes and one liners I have written. I use these on Facebook and Twitter and for when I do my stand up act. People who re-post my jokes and stuff are hacks.

    I've just come to terms with the fact that people are gonna do that so I started another blog called the Porpoise Driven Life that uses one of my one liners and a Bible verse as a 10 second daily devotion. (Shameless Plug)

    All the best,