“The social media of today is the equivalent of the marketplaces and squares where Jesus and his apostles preached and taught.”
I have been contemplating the whole meaning and significance of social media. It’s a love/hate relationship with most people, especially after the novelty wears off. I will not bore you with the minutia, because I think most of us have the same feelings about it. Unless, of course, you have the need to seek constant attention and keep drama whirring in your life and other people’s. There have been times in my life when I’ve been so disenchanted with the whole thing that I have seriously contemplated cutting it out altogether.
What stopped me was a thought I had while driving home from a doctor’s appointment. The social media of today is the equivalent of the marketplaces and squares where Jesus and his apostles preached and taught.
Now you may disagree with me, and that is perfectly alright. I ask that you contemplate this idea and look to see the similarities of those marketplaces of old. Do not simply dwell on the differences.
Where else in society do individuals with all their different philosophies of life, the universe and everything convene and meet on a regular basis? Technology has made it possible to practically live totally separated from the world. I no longer must drive into work at an office if I am in the right fields, and even if I do I can sit alone in a cubicle or have very little interaction with coworkers. I can also come home and stay in my home and do all my shopping online; clothes, food, tech items, etc. All can be ordered and delivered.
No, the actual physical square or marketplace as we have known is gone. I loathe to admit it. People aren’t having long conversations about important events in the local discount stores either. Where else but on the internet, namely Facebook, are large groups of people coming together in masse and putting in their “2 cents worth” on what is happening in the world. Of course, just like in the past you have your numerous hecklers and rude people, but I do notice that there are usually threads under comments where actual discussion and debates are occurring. You may just have to dig for them.
I tried this out and found that if you post something coherent that adds to the discussion and has weight to it, then you will get likes and comments. I do check out people’s Facebook pages who do post and like comments under my comments, and these are not what I call “drive by clickers.” They have read the post, and are invested in the conversation.
What I am finding is that people want something to rally behind and they want their lives to have meaning. I read in Ravi Zacharias’ magazine article that Christians in countries in the Mid-East and China are weeping over what our churches and the members of the body of Christ are or have become. My sister shared that soldiers returning from overseas, especially from the Mid-East, can’t understand how lackadaisical everyone is here in America. You saw this quite clearly in the movie American Sniper. Nobody is willing to fight the good fight any more. We have become fearful of losing our “personal peace and affluence,” as Francis Schaeffer would say.
What do we deem as important anymore? This “personal peace and affluence” maybe important to you, but not to God. God says He will provide and that we need to lean on Him. What these people are seeing is that without purpose, persecution, or something to push back against, the body of Christ has become weak. In a Biblical Christian’s life it is known as ‘iron sharpening iron.’
The Christians we see on the news pushing back against Isis and radical Muslims are fighting for their survival like the early Christians. In America, we are fighting with each other over man made doctrinal stands, and insignificant things that don’t really help anyone but the local Church denomination in a specific community.
In other words, folks, we have lost our saltiness by not recognizing the changing of our times, and holding onto the past.
Pray that God opens our eyes and ears of His people, and that we realize that we are one truly one body that may have some different ideas and interpretations on scripture, but that we agree on all the important stuff. Also pray that God will clean His house and remove those that will use “unity” to try to include some very unbiblical things into all of our churches today, both Catholic and Protestant congregations. Pray for revival in this nation and one for the world, or that Jesus will, in the words of John the Revelator:
Revelation 22:20-21 (AMP)
20 He who testifies and affirms these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. 21 The grace of the Lord Jesus (the Christ, the Messiah) be with all [the saints — all believers, those set apart for God]. Amen.
I concur. Come, Lord Jesus, come.
Grace & Peace,