Disciples wouldn’t have used social media for Gospel
At my time at SPU, I have noticed how students have expressed their faith through the use of social media. Every time I log onto Facebook, it is hard to not go a day without seeing either a favorite verse post or a quote from a sermon.
The purpose of this column is not to criticize the act of expressing faith on Facebook. It is, however, a critique on those who appear to have their faith bound by the world of social media.
This column should incite the question, “Is posting my faith online meant to fluff up my personal image?” To further dig at this question, we will ask: what if the Disciples had Facebook, and how would they use it if they did?
As a follower of Christ and an avid Facebook lurker, I have found it interesting to see how the movement of Christianity has moved to encompass the online realm.
I am not saying that modern Christian evangelism has moved strictly to Facebook. We have seen, though, a rise in the public witnessing of the faith of others on Facebook.
As much as everyone wants to say they make their faith lives present on social media because it serves the purpose of spreading the Gospel or engaging in community, I just don’t believe that is true.
The rise in the faith of others on Facebook exposes a more important issue.
I don’t think we are doing it for this intent. I believe we are doing this merely to show that we are doing well as Christians. Either from posting verses to show we are well versed, or posting commentary on a sermon you heard in order to be a biblical scholar. Either one of the many reasons, I don’t think it is to really glorify God on Facebook. Rather, it is to indulge in the “Christian-selfie.”
I doubt that we would have seen the 12 Disciples Instragam the Last Supper with #breakingbreadfodayz, John submitting a post saying, “like if you accept salvation or scroll if you believe in Satan,” or Paul creating a Tumblr of his adventures in Acts.
The ecstasy of Christ that had entered into the Disciples was so overwhelming that it could not be bound by something as unsubstantial as social media.
A lot of what our faith has become is a Christian-selfie. We feel the need to publish our faith online in order to attain a sense of gratification or public status as a Christian.
The Bible is not about what the 12 Disciples did that was so awesome for Christ that they really needed to write something for everyone to know. It is about 12 men who became overwhelmed with joy for our Savior that they went out and served for the purpose of God and for God alone.
They were not going out looking to be served, but to serve others. I don’t believe we have done this. We are not glorifying God with anything we are doing on Facebook. It is truly worrisome.
We need to re-evaluate our priorities.
Would we rather have a life where in the public sphere we are recognized as great model Christians through what we post on social media or instead go out and be like the Disciples?
We must drop whatever Christian-selfie we want for ourselves and pick up the real reason we would want: to go out and tell people about our faith.
God loves us and saves us. That is what should be so irresistible to go out and tell someone.