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Facebook, Jesus, and ChurchWednesday, February 16, 2011
Molasses in winter. photo by technicool via PhotoRee Watching paint dry. The church accepting change. #1 and #2 are classic cliches...
Molasses in winter.
|photo by technicool||via PhotoRee|
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?
|photo by Daniel Y. Go||via PhotoRee|
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.