But as I was doing research for the sermon tonight, this is what came up on ASK.com in the sponsored results when I searched on “Death of a Child”:
I know that these searches are automated, and that both Amazon and Target are fairly ubiquitous in the their online presence, but I think their ad agency needs to consider what they are saying. It’s bad enough for Amazon that the ad shows at all, but to promise “low prices” and free shipping on orders over $25 is in bad taste, even for me.
Please note that I am not trying to make light of the loss of a child. I have sat with too many folks who have had to deal with that tragedy to write this off as simply humorous. This is simply a reminder that we rarely are aware of what our technology might be saying about our companies, or congregations for that matter.
Jay Voorhees is a pastor, writer, and community activist located in Nashville, TN. Jay currently is the pastor of the City Road Chapel United Methodist Church in Madison, TN, and is engaged in helping to connect others to the example and teaching of Jesus Christ and to take seriously Christ’s call to love our neighbors in radical ways.
Jay is the co-founder of The MethoBlog, a site that aggregates the writings of Methodist-related bloggers throughout the world, and is the former managing editor of The United Methodist Reporter. Jay has been involved in the United Methodist Church at both the local and national level since 1988. Jay is also the owner of Only Wonder Media, a boutique book and media publisher.
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