Christianity is fundamentally built upon communication. Over the past ten years or so, the way we interact and communicate has drastically changed. The print industry has given way to digital. The majority of newspaper subscriptions are now online and books are increasingly more on mobile devices than on bookshelves. If it were not for Superman, our kids would not even know what a phone booth is. Interpersonal communication is quickly moving from the sound of a voice to the sound of ticking keyboards. So, what does this mean for Christians? What does this mean for the Church?
This week our congregation spent time in the worship service posting on social media outlets. We posted our location and what was happening in hopes that it would open doors of communication and impact our “friends” and “followers”.
My Facebook friends include a vast array of people. Some are people I speak with every day and some are people I have not spoken with in over fifteen years. More correctly, I have not spoken with in person in over fifteen years. The truth is, every time I post I am communicating with hundreds of people. The number of Facebook friends and Twitter followers that saw our posts had to be in the tens of thousands. The extended network of our congregation of 1,500 people through social media is an avenue of communication that has never been available in the past. In one moment, we represented Graceway to thousands of people.
Out of the thousands of our friends and followers, think of the number of people that need to be impacted with the God’s love. Never before in the history of the world have we been able to communicate to all of our friends and followers in one moment. Therefore, if Christianity is fundamentally built upon communication, and we are able to communicate to thousands of people through social media, then we must realize that Christ wants impact those around us through our social media. Here are five ways that we can be more intentional about using our social media for the cause of Christ.
- Send texts, messages etc. to specific individuals to encourage them.
- Post links to sermons or articles that impacted you.
- Instead of clicking “like” or retweeting, send someone a personal message thanking them for encouraging you.
- Be careful posting about political and social issues. Keeping an open line of communication would be better than offending someone and be deleted as a friend or follower.
- Use your list of friends and followers as a prayers list. GOD IS WORKING AROUND YOU!