Recently there’s been a wave of negative press from church leaders about the use of social media among staff and congregation. Reactions range from harsh mandates to church-wide boycotts. The news of it saddens us. Really saddens us. It leaves us feeling all the more urgent and asking questions—a lot of questions.
• Are we willing to surrender to the enemy what could be used to share good news, give life, and bring God glory?
- Will we bail on a magnificent movement of a holy God and forfeit this online battle for hearts?
- Like the countless abandoned mission sites in the villages of Haiti, are we going to decide this mission is too hard, too dangerous, and unplug from the assignment?
- Will we give a nod to darkness and ignore the opportunity to shine light online?
We believe there’s a different outcome designed in His plan.
We’re grateful for the social media sites at our fingertips and the communities that congregate around each of them. These networks—if you really look at and consider the numbers—will soon become lifestyle tools as necessary as driving. Most people have deducted the efficiency of driving over walking. It’s our educated projection that the same will happen with the Internet’s role in daily life.
Seriously – think about what God provides each of us in such a time as this. Reaching out to others online is a Kingdom investment that will have Kingdom returns you can’t begin to calculate. Yes, there are dangers all around – online and in real life. It comes with the broken territory and our fallen nature, but by the grace of God, we will not be moved.
“His dominion is an eternal dominion;
His kingdom endures from generation to generation.”
Daniel 4:24, NIV
Join us and claim this online turf – here and now – for the glory of God.
In a spirit of gratitude for today’s web-based communication platforms , we’re going to break it all down this week and offer a Christ-centered perspective on the most popular social media networks.
First up tomorrow: Facebook.
What’s your response to what is possible here and now online? How can Christ followers use social networks for good?