Facebook, Jesus, and Church

Molasses in winter.

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Watching paint dry.
The church accepting change.

#1 and #2 are classic cliches. In my opinion, #3 should be.

A friend sent me a link to the following article, in which a professor of theology alleges that social networks like Facebook and the like are to blame for a decline in church attendance and participation. (to read the whole article, click here)

Seriously? We’re pointing our holier-than-thou fingers at Facebook and Twitter now?

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I also came across the following link this week: “If Jesus Were on Facebook,” and shared my opinions about “Would Jesus Tweet?”  almost two years ago.

Personally, I think Jesus would use (is using) every available method and means to share His message of love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness with the world. Technology doesn’t frighten Him … We haven’t even progressed to the point of understanding the technology Daniel, Ezekiel, and John prophesied about!

We, as believers, SHOULD be on the cutting edge of technology, art, creativity, design, etc., because the creative God lives in us! In prior centuries, the greatest works of music and art and literature were created by Christians, an expression of the Spirit of God dwelling within them. Nowadays in the body of Christ, creative expression is either questioned, blamed, or curtailed by rules and guidelines and limitations.

It’s time for those who love God, who endeavor to follow the example of the Christ, to reclaim the creative arts for the gospel … including technology and social networking. Instead of dragging our feet into each new activity, perhaps it’s time for the church to welcome new methods and ways of connecting humanity and sharing the truth.

Just a thought.

8 thoughts on “Facebook, Jesus, and Church

  1. Pamela says:

    I think Jesus would use (is using) every available method and means to share His message of love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness with the world.

    I agree! People can use any method for sin–why shouldn't we use it for Jesus? He always went to people where they were. Reminds me of the song, "When I could not come to Him, He came for me."

  2. Niki Turner says:

    That's perfect, Pamela! He sought us out wherever we were at. Even in His earthly ministry we see Jesus reaching out to people in ways the religious community of His day didn't accept or approve of. We should be willing to do the same, whether it's face-to-face or via the Internet!

  3. Jeff Boutwell says:

    You are so. Right my friend, in fact the avenue of facebook has opened up for believers to be heard with international impact. So those who condemned social media should be taught that our God is a limitless God.

  4. Kaley J. O'Mailia says:

    I am in absolute agreement that Jesus is who is using social media to reach a lost and dying world! Instead of cursing technology, it should be embraced as a blessing because it is a huge tool! No doubt in my mind, Paul would have used it too! In fact, he used the slower method that was available… mail!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely love this post! Needs to be shared on facebook & twitter 😉

  6. Niki Turner says:

    Amen, Jeff! He is limitless! Facebook, Twitter and social media have opened access into the nations that the church has been praying for for YEARS!

  7. Niki Turner says:

    Kayley, absolutely! Every time the church has stepped out into a new avenue of evangelism, someone has squealed. Can you imagine Paul's tweets and status updates???

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