So the One Million dollar question is before me…..
Do you think social media is contributing to ambiguous relationships/interactions?
I had to really search my soul and mind on this one. You see, honestly, as of late I have been on social media sights a ton. I mean a lot. I would say that most of my days are spent that way. I communicate with Gay Porn Stars on a daily basis. Just to touch base and let them know Jesus is always there for them.
I honestly do not think that in any other way would I have been able to approach men like them and spread the Good News of the Gospel any other way. Do I think that the relationships that I have made through Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr are ambiguous? In some sense of the word yes but now, in these times of constant communication, is there another way to reach out to people? Are relationships just forced to be ‘ambiguous’?
I find it hard to blame something as non-tangible as “Social Media” for the lack of real and lasting relationships or interactions. In my opinion, it has to do with the person and the extent they are willing to let themselves feel the relationship or interaction.
Take this website for example. We provide a service, we are spreading the Good News and letting others know the love and forgiveness Jesus promises us. However, at the root of it are we not meerly a Social Network? We are social networking in the Love of Christ. We are sharing are problems, our downfalls, our addictions and then finding or helping others find forgiveness, freedom, and love.
We should stop looking at other avenues for the blame. In the end we will create lasting relationships only if we truly want to or God convicts us to. Social media plays an integral part of our everyday life. I once heard someone refer to Twitter as a big party where you can talk to everyone and never have to be shy. Think about the impact that could have on someone who truly needs it. You never know the avenue that God will use to reach the hurt and broken down……heck I got started writing these blogs because of twitter.
Let me leave you with at least a little scripture. Something to ruminate on. In John 15:5 we read:
5) I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.
We are His branches. We do what He tells us when He tells us to do it. If Jesus decides to let his vine reach toward Twitter or Facebook, go along with it. Let God lead, that ai’nt up to you.