SPF 092: Virtue Signaling (Media + Heart Issues)

Virtue Signaling is something we probably come in contact with multiple times a day. Though a relatively new term, we can see virtue signaling in the Bible. Today we are talking about this issue and three things we need to be aware of when it comes to signaling some virtue. 



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Virtue Signaling

Definition: when a person expresses a moral opinion in order to show they are a good person.

The problem with virtue signaling is

1. There is usually no action associated with the expression

2. The purpose of the moral expression is to make themselves look good

I want us to be aware of the messages we are consuming and I want us to be able to look at our own hearts too. Virtue signaling is a trap to distract us from God and seeking His glory. We need to be able to spot these virtue signaling distractions and beware when we are tempted to virtue signal ourselves. 

  1. Be aware of the urgent bandwagon.

  2. Be aware of neglecting what is right in front of you in exchange for what we feel is more meaningful, or what other people tell us is more meaningful

  3. Be aware of practicing righteousness to be seen by others

Luke 11:46

Matthew 6:1

Proverbs 27:2

Proverbs 20:6

James 1:22

It is our fallen human nature that creates a tendency to practice virtue signaling. We naturally want others to think well of us, and it is so easy on social media to publicize our own good deeds or proclaim our lofty values. But we’ve been called to be faithful before God, not to seek the world’s acclaim: “Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?” Proverbs 20:6

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Virtue signaling fishes for compliments and praise for ourselves rather for God.


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