Tuesday, August 19, 2014

When Facebook goes awry...

A ministry report...

I believe in sidewalk preaching, pulpit preaching, newspaper and radio preaching, book preaching, conversational preaching, lifestyle preaching...can we just say I believe in proclaiming the excellencies of Christ and the redemptive work of God in any and every possible way I can capitalize upon? I do. 

But, my favorite style of preaching ... of evangelism ... of discipleship ... is relational. No one knows you like the people who know you. One of the aspects about being a missionary to the generations is that we begin to build relationships with them, intentionally stepping out of the comfort zones of our own world / generation and into theirs, and then walking together for years and years. 

As you might imagine, I know lots of young people. I'm connected. I'm on Facebook, and very recently on Twitter and Instagram. Like all things, there is good in it. (Social media is like our words, where they come from is important: Fountain of Life). I keep up with a lot of the young people, and I know many in their 20s, and now in their 30s, who I've known since they were in middle school, and some since elementary school. 

All that to say this...sometimes, Facebook -- and the other social media sites -- goes awry

I'm no one's spiritual police, nor have I any plans on applying for that job. However, sometimes social media allows me to know more than I want to know -- most of the time, that's the case -- and other times it allows me to know exactly what I need to know. The tough part is "discerning what the will of the Lord is" when it comes to knowing information and knowing people. Too often, I find myself wanting to use information coming from the lives of lost people to ask them to be accountable to the standards of saved people. I can't do that. You see the rub. 

What do I wind up with, then? A regular, flowing, continually updated prayer list. And, boy howdy, do we need to pray...

Get out your prayer lists...whether it's in a journal, via social media, on the back of your church's bulletin or all of the above..and join me in standing in this today: "Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God's word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone's conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."
(2 Corinthians 4:1-6 ESV)

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