As part of my daily devotions I am ploughing (reading!) through the book of Psalms, trying to turn each one into a personal prayer as I go. Often I will post a verse that has impacted me that day to Facebook and the like. Just the other day, someone from another congregation that we have links with posted how much they needed to hear that verse at that moment in their life. Cue a circular discussion on God’s providence, work of the Holy Spirit, free will etc. But, the key point for me is, unity. Across the social media divide we were united by scripture, we were united by the word, we were united by Jesus.
Paul stresses this point in Philippians, he doesn’t care how the gospel message is preached, or even the heart behind it – just that the good news of Jesus is preached.
We can get bogged down in our divides over the role of men and women, how we worship or why we pray that often we forget why we are here; Jesus.
Could social media allow us to unite for the sake of the Gospel, proclaiming Christ, encouraging and edifying each other without worrying that ‘we just do things different around here’?
Again in Philippians Paul says this;
“Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel” Philippians 1:27 (ESV)
I believe we can and should use our use of social media in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ. The gospel that proclaims we are all one in Christ Jesus. The Gospel that heals the broken hearted, brings freedom to the captives, and comforts those who mourn. The Gospel that feeds the hungry shelters the lost and protects the week. I believe we can do this side by side, unified by our faith in Jesus, both in the flesh in our communities as well as through social media.
We can encourage one another. Bless each other. Speak words of grace and truth into our friend’s lives, all the time conducting ourselves worthy of the Gospel, reminding ourselves that what we do is in the public domain.
This is very much a work in progress in my life, but one I believe needs to be worked on. Let me know your thoughts, I’d love to hear about your stories of unity across Social Media.
How can we be unified across our Social Media relationships? Do they hinder or give greater permission for church unity?
Be blessed in your adventures,
Grace and Peace,
Dear Lord God and Father,
We confess that we see our differences before we see our unity.
Open our eyes to see your Spirit at work.
Open our eyes to see Jesus.
We pray that we would be one, standing side by side for the sake of the Good News of Jesus.
We ask for grace and wisdom for our interactions via social media.
May your kingdom come, may your will be done.
In Jesus’ name,
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