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May 19, 2016

Social Media and the Church

“With great power comes great responsibility.”   — Uncle Ben Parker to Peter Parker (Spiderman)

“The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the mouth of the upright delivers them.”   — Proverbs 12:6

I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”    — Matthew 12:36-37

With the 140 character limits of Twitter and the ease of response on Facebook, we have much to think about when we send a message. It can be difficult. And worse of all, text can be a very poor communicator of tone. We must be very careful about the messages that we send as well as the tone that it might communicate.

I have missed the mark in communicating my attitude and tone via social media. And I’ve been thankful for those who have shown grace and/or come to me to let me know how it sounded or looked. And that’s good stuff. Social media is just one more place for us to extend grace to each other, not to tear down and be unrelenting. We have an opportunity to be the church in front of others in the public eye.

That means that we can have open discussions and friendly disagreements and serious, public conversations. But as the church, it also means that we need to make it about Christ and His grace, not about us and being right. It means that we take the time to respond with thought so that we may be “quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger” (James 1:19) in front of the world. It’s another place to show people what Jesus looks like and what He did to change sinners like you and I.

Let’s listen, respond, forgive, and always edify.

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