Soundbite Theology in the Twittersphere #mylovehaterelationship
by A. Maeve McDonald
If you can’t tweet it, don’t say it. Because no one is listening. And if you want to be heard, you’d better say it on social media. Like it or not, we’ve entered a new era dominated by a group of Internet-based applications that enable the creation and exchange of user-generated content. And isn’t that both the beauty and the tragedy of it all at once? Anyone and everyone can be heard. And any content holds the potential to go viral.
I’m not adding another voice to the chorus bashing Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, etc. In and of themselves, they’re just tools for online interaction and information-sharing—with a little censorious bias thrown in here and there, albeit (which I’ve experience firsthand, btw). But, generally-speaking, it’s all a matter of stewardship. And God can use social media to spread the gospel just like He can any other tool, electronic or otherwise. Simply put, social media can be used for good or evil. Hence my love/hate relationship with the way Christians use it.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue (Prov 18:21). And the tongue, when given a virtual mouthpiece, now has more far-reaching impact that ever before. The power of social media can be harnessed to spread the Word of God across the world with never-before-seen speed and magnitude. Formerly unreached people groups are now being reached with the gospel as a result of social media. But, false teaching is being disseminated widely online too.
As stewards of God’s Word, we are urged to watch our lives and our doctrine closely, persevering in them, in order to save both ourselves and our hearers (1 Tim 4:16). Social media is a big part of our lives, and how we handle it as Christians is crucial. The world is watching…
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