The New Media or as more Commonly Called, the Internet can be a Force for Good if We Let God’s Will Guide Us in Using It
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” –Eph. 4:29
I remember reading as a fascinating article in the Christian Post. The article, written years ago by Maria Mackay, was entitled Christians Must Engage Real and Virtual Worlds, Say New Media Enthusiasts still rings true today. In the article, Mackay covered London’s 2009 Evangelical Alliance Digimission conference, where panel participants discussed the importance of Christians utilizing the “new media” to evangelize and connect with others.
According to speaker Mark Meynell of All Souls Church in Langham Place, averages of 15,000 users per month download sermons and resources from his church’s website. “There are people who have the potential to be salt and light online, but they assume it’s for professionals,” he said. Meynell urges Christians to spread the Gospel and share their faith through new media outlets like blogs and social networks—even if they don’t think consider themselves to be “techies.”
Doesn’t this bring up an important point? As Christian parents and grandparents, our tendency is to shy away from much of our typically-secular media, including the Internet. But perhaps instead of avoiding the new media, Christ-followers should focus on transforming the new media. As we’ve discussed in other posts, we can do this—and help our children do this—by learning to (1) discern right from wrong in the media we’re bombarded with, (2) filter out the bad and choose to take in only the good, and (3) take an active part in promoting, advertising and discussing positive, Christian media with our friends, family and co-workers.
That’s where social media comes in. What some use for evil, Christians can—and should—use for good. Instead of dwelling on the evil found online, maybe Christians should start to embrace the PR opportunity that social media provides. Do you Tweet? Tweet about the latest Christian movie or game. Are you a blogger? Blog about deep, spiritual issues that engage audiences in quality conversations. Encourage your church and other Christian organizations to design a Facebook page expressing who they are and what they’re doing. And remember, as your children and grandchildren surf the web each day, encourage them to become part of these online Christian communities, as well.
Having the New Media as a Tool for God’s Plan to Advance Would be a Blessing
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