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March 1, 2015

Social Media and the Church of Christ


Social Media and the Church of Christ

What is your Social Media Pace?

Sharing my faith…………………

“Most people spend at least 1/3 of their online time on social
networks now. In order to be relevant, Christians and churches
have to leverage that to connect people when they’re not in the
pews.” Jonathan Pearson

Do you think before you post content or do you post with no thought
to your content? In #2015 Church of Christ members are watching
who is trending (not in the Church of Christ), listening to Podcasts,
subscribing to Youtube channels; Church of Christ members are
Blogging and Skyping. Downloading and installing Apps making
connections easier and bringing the world directly to Smartphones,
tablets, watches; new technologies are connecting members of the
Body to family, friends and others as we live our lives working, taking
care of our families, bike riding, skateboarding, surfing, driving,
swimming, walking and exercising.

The pace of life is increasing with our actions being managed by
intelligent digital devices. Technology is making it easier for interaction,
creating content for educational institutions, and even allowing Church
of Christ members to create a paradigm shift in diverse ways to
participate in worship.
Blinding the lines of privacy, engagement, interaction and even sharing
scripture with the delicacy of interpretation of doctrine.

Bullying/Cyberbullying is unfortunately increasingly frequent, social
injustices are being spread by words, video and interactive occurrences
online and new dangers are being created by terrorist organizations
recruiting teens and young adults through Social Media platforms.
Now that electronic devices are becoming a demand at churches,
ministerial leaders are finding that policies and procedures need to be
in effect to ward off inappropriate access to content that distracts and
disrupts the doctrine of Saving Souls and Keeping Souls Saved.
The Church of Christ must leverage 21st century resources in tech
to attract, connect and educate non members to the importance
of saving their souls through eternity.

Churches are becoming more concerned with the integration of
technology while church services are ongoing; youth, teens and young
adults are lacking the respect and understanding not to use the Internet
for accessing content that is inappropriate. Communicating with family
and friends during services that compose of gossip, creating mistrust,
and dissension in the house of worship. The Church of Christ is seeing
the increase of technology and Social Media are changing the dynamics
of human interaction. The question “should a Christian use Social Media”
is a subject for continued debate.

A simplified answer is if the user; a member of the Body of Christ will
allow God to use their actions for His purpose to Save Souls and Keep
Souls Saved, giving rise to the Kingdom, Social Media can be a benefit.
Looking at scripture we see that all actions should bring glory to God;
glory beyond a person’s own personal agenda. As in 1 Corinthians 10:31
“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the
glory of God.” The people of the Body of Christ should understand this
scripture and others; 1 Corinthians 10:32 “Give none offence, neither to
the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God.” Be true to God
and his word; be honest, hard working and diligence in doctrine. There
is no monetary profit in serving God, the opportunity to lift his Kingdom
and the chance to Save Souls and Keep Souls Saved.
1 Corinthians 10:33 “Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking
mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.”

Social Media has positive uses, it is up to Christians to understand and
apply knowledge and use SM in an appropriate manner. Christian
parents should be mindful that not everyone on the Internet has pure
motives, and should use safety precautions with their children. Be
selective as to who is accepted as a friend or fan. Parents, it is
important to monitor children’s use of Social Media platforms and
the utilization of Social Media tools. Parents have a responsibility to
interact with their children and guide their interaction with others
they meet online. Education is important and needed to understand how
the Internet works.

Parents are the foundation to build responsible and accountable social
creatures, in Proverbs 27:17 states “Iron sharpens iron;” so a parent will
sharpen their children’s skill and abilities in the Church of Christ
in education and even in Social Media. Having a discussion on
expectations for using digital tools, children do not know nor realize
the implications of their online activity.
When content is posted online it is posted to the Internet, a global
digital network platform. This global platform can influence futures,
children should be taught that everything written online is potentially
permanent and viewable by anyone. Limiting and monitoring the amount
of time children and teens are online is a wise decision.

Christians in the Church of Christ can use the enormous resources
online to further their education in scripture. There are multiple versions
of scripture online that can help in furthering the educational growth of
members of the Body. Opening doors for sharing Christ, encouragement
in listening to audio bibles and awaken the spiritual desire to learn.
Stated in Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider one another to provoke
unto love and to good works.” Good works and provoking love can be shared
online with brothers and sisters or those seeking to learn more about the
Body of Christ.

Resources:
Blue Letter Bible
http://www.blueletterbible.org/
Bible Gateway
http://www.biblegateway.com
Westside Church of Christ Youtube Channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkKwd0ZH9-6aB9Dw_UaHZ2A
Social Media Tips from News4 Jacksonville – Video
http://www.news4jax.com/news/social-media-tips/27331942

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