I have found many coming to the conclusion that it is best for serious Christians to go off Facebook and to create safer and more controlled and targeted enclaves on the social media for them. This is like running back again to the safety of our church while called to be relevant within and outside church walls. Many also have retreated from media, having regretted the things they posted or have changed their minds or have directly or indirectly felt the unseen blows of unkind less forgiving critics … or having found themselves talking much more than they initially intended … only to earn a badge of foolishness. Others like Prophet Jeremiah are nicknamed the crazy weird alarmists always with bad news. The good thing from all this is that many are warned to be extra-cautious so as not to hurt the very interest they seek to support. Granted. blogging on spiritual insight is not the same as writing about new cookery recipes. Take some time to get it right. Have a break if you must.
On the other hand, the world view is anything but cautious … much more forgiving if not desirous of verbal garbage and so very aggressive and even bolder by the day. No one is spared its scathing sword and no leader is immune from global lashes that will come immediately to any that refuses to conform to its behavior dictates. The Social media phenomenon has shaped, faster than any other development, a single global village thinking alike – than any other phenomenon. You may disagree with me but your fashion, music, mode of worship and sets of thinking are more and more being molded by the iron casts of world-wise inventors. Just visit your local big church event and observe all the new rituals, music groups and impeccable stage craft and you may find spiritual regimens like hymn singing, long prayer, depth of bible study on the wane (so ministers do not fall asleep) while a kaleidoscope of purple, yellow and red colors matched with studio spot lights and sound and vocal excellence combine to produce an anointing that draws gaping transfixed audiences. There is of course much to exploit from technology to spread the gospel, but the world view is a spirit – not satisfied to merely make your meetings exciting, shape your skirt length, t-shirt logo, stage style, music beat or hairdo …it has come with alternative gospels.
Back to Facebook. I probably would never have gone near social media if I had not been an author. A friend I still have never met wrote me to thank me for writing “ Perfect Fall Wedding” a book that blessed her and brings to fore the almost forgotten eschatological dimensions of the word – based on the metaphor of marriage. She wanted permission to make many copies of the book available as gifts for her own wedding guests … to the glory of the Lord. I now begin to see the point of my publisher who insisted I humble myself and learn to use these tools to get the word around. But I have discovered we can also use or not use Facebook in different ways (this is only a preference and not a prescription) … for example I never chat or expose my online presence, nor will I use some applications which some have said make identity theft easier. I also de-friend actively when I sense the leadings to do so. I just do it quickly.
As the world view spread s with viral speed, I am surprised many are shy to share only a few bible verses occasionally. Media dictate to us what to believe – that is why our youths sing, dance, think and talk as they do. Someone drew up a shirt or skirt design on a piece of paper decades ago and soon everyone wants to put it on. These may not be sins …but the ultimate direction of the world-view is to shape the culture against God … we can pretend that they are not succeeding.
Ahasuerus on the death of the wicked Haman turned to Esther ..even as Haman had penned several scrolls of corrupted documentation that will shape the future of the empire …hurting the Jews…
Est 8:4 Then the king held out the golden sceptre toward Esther. So Esther arose, and stood before the king, 8:5 And said, If it please the king, and if I have found favour in his sight, and the thing seem right before the king, and I be pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to reverse the letters devised by Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he wrote to destroy the Jews which are in all the king’s provinces: 8:6 For how can I endure to see the evil that shall come unto my people? or how can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred? 8:7 Then the king Ahasuerus said unto Esther the queen and to Mordecai the Jew, Behold, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and him they have hanged upon the gallows, because he laid his hand upon the Jews. 8:8 Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh you, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s ring: for the writing which is written in the king’s name, and sealed with the king’s ring, may no man reverse.
It is not enough to disagree and reverse evil media content that hurts Kingdom interests … we are to write as it pleases God, also for the pilgrims. When we write for pilgrims, you will be amazed at how different the content of our scrolls must necessarily be and how much in opposition to the world-view. Write … we must.