Christian ministry is interesting. It’s been going on for over 2000 years, and so of course, we can’t expect it to never change forms. New technology always brings about new ways to spread the Word. That’s a good thing. It’s crazy to think that before the printing press, people never had the Bible in their homes, and now, some of us have so many copies of the Bible that we forget about them. Nowadays, we have so much technology at our fingertips that we’d be stupid not to use it for God.
Social media is a great way to share what God is doing in our communities. It’s great to help us find out what other groups are doing and what we could be doing. It’s great to know that God is moving in different areas. I like social media for that reason.
Still, as with any form of freedom, I wonder if it’s being overused and becoming a vehicle of ministry that is losing its aim on what is actually important and edifying.
I’ve read tweets from pastors and church workers that say, “We had a packed house today!” I’ve seen pictures of massive congregations and services. Those types of posts. While I was thinking about all of that, I had a thought cross my mind the other day—“I wonder what Jesus would have posted about if he would have had social media?”
What Would Jesus Tweet?
“Packed mountain today for the Beatitudes sermon! #gettingreal #Kingdom #Ondatgrind”
“Just fed 5,000 people with #5loaves #2Fish. So blessed! [Insert picture of everyone with their hands raised and 12 baskets full.]”
“Healed a bleeding woman and brought a girl back to life. #Healer #CantStopWontStop”
“Preached in Jericho, Gadarenes, and Galilee. Tired today! Need 2 sleep. #IsraelightsOut!”
I don’t have an answer for what Jesus would have posted on Twitter, but I do know that many times after he brought the house down, he would leave and go to solitary places. It seems like he was a bit of an introvert at times.
I’m not against sharing the blessings you encounter or even what you’re doing for the Gospel. We should share the faithfulness of God and encourage one another. I just see the danger of feeling like we have to. Maybe we need to withdraw to solitary places more often.
You had a packed church this morning? Cool. What is the reason you want people to know that? What does that mean? Are you excited about what God is doing or are you excited about what you’re doing?
I never want to be the bummer-man who can’t wait to Jesus-Juke people and tear them down for celebrating. That’s what uptight religious people do. However, I also don’t want to be someone who feels so insecure that I have to broadcast every part of my work for God so that people know I’m something special. So that people can see that I’m doing something right. So that people will want to do what I’m doing. That’s selfish and sad, and it completely misses the point.
Pride is something that everyone has to fight against every day, whether we feel like we are or not. It’s creeping around and staring us down like that dude at the gas station at 1 in the morning. Bro, I don’t have a cigarette. Sorry.
What would Jesus tweet? Who do you want to get the glory? Who is getting the glory?
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