Jul1SunJuly 1, 2018
Christians have always been on the forefront of communication technology. I know what you're thinking: "yeah, right!" But bear with me for a moment.
When we look in the pages of the New Testament, we see the writings of St. Paul. Do you know what he was writing with? A pen. Do you know what he was writing on? Paper (technically papyrus, but you get the point). Believe it or not, both were cutting-edge technologies back in the day.
Christians have always been on the forefront of communication technology. I know what you're thinking: "yeah, right!"
Martin Luther leveraged the moveable type printing press to get God's Word into the hands of regular, everyday people like you and me. In fact, Luther is quoted as saying the printing press was the "highest act of God's grace."
Foursquare denomination founder Aimee Semple McPherson felt a divine tug to use the radio broadcast to share the message of Jesus. Billy Graham is famous for his televangelism crusades. More Christians embracing communication technology to further the Kingdom.
From our humble beginnings, the church has always found ways to communicate the Gospel message through any and all means available.
Now it's our turn to shape the next era in church history. You have a role in determining where the church goes next and it largely depends on your response to two words: Social Media.
You've seen the platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.). You've seen the viral videos (Google "Atlanta grape lady" and prepare to laugh your head off). You may even be an active participant (ever tweeted out what you had for lunch?).
But the underlying power in social media is not the technology or the platforms or Gangnam style. The power comes from human beings connecting with one another all around the globe.
Like St. Paul, Luther, McPherson, and Graham, the 21st-century church has an unimaginable opportunity in social media to extend the borders of God's Kingdom online. The methods have changed, but the message remains the same.
Article from Christianity Today February 21st 2014 Author Ed Setzer