(Guest Writer - Jonathan Moss, NC) Whether you choose to believe it or not, the world around us is growing rapidly. The sheer amount of information that is flowing around the world is growing at an exponential rate. Even the most insulated among us are swept away every day with a tidal wave of binary code and radio waves.
It’s creepy and cool at the same time, but what does this have to do with the church? Thanks for asking.
I am in the process of reading the book UnChristian, which describes the ways that technology connects us. The authors write, “Technologies connect young people [16-to-29 year olds] to information and each other – and power their self-expression and creativity – in ways older adults do not fully appreciate.”
If information is moving so fast and the same technology that is used to accelerate information is shaping the values of young people, then where is the Church in the middle of all of this? Unfortunately, not front and center.
We, the Church, must be willing to go to the ends of the earth to reach out to people using various methods, especially the those young people who are a part of a younger generation. We have to make better use of social media.
That’s where all this technology and information comes together. Communication, openness, and the political power-word of the year, transparency, must play a huge role in the effectiveness of the Church in the 21st century. We must be willing to spread the Gospel to everyone as they are, and more importantly, where they are.
If we are really serious about reaching the world for Christ, then we must make use of the various avenues available to us. Only then will we reach people with the same Gospel that the apostles died for.
What kind of Social Media do you use? Can we really use social media to advance the Kingdom, or is it all a trend that is simply going to die off in a few years?
Wanna see more on this: Check out this YouTube video.