Social Media - God’s Tool?
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"With modern technology, I believe we are experiencing new ways by which God is speaking to us and to the nations. He doesn’t always speak to us in the way we expect Him to, and sometimes I think that God speaks through Social Media. “What?” I hear you gasp; before mass complaints begin to pour in, allow me explain further.
"More often than not, we are caught up in HOW God speaks to us, rather than recognising His voice through whatever tools, avenues or instruments He chooses to use. Remember that tweet your friend sent last week, the one that reminded you about God’s promises? How about that blog article you read, the very one that encouraged you to hold on just a bit longer, of which the result is the testimony you now boldly proclaim?
"Learning how to recognise God’s voice takes time and devotion, something that can only be developed by spending time in His presence and by engaging with (not simply being a part of) our environment. Technology has turned communication on its head and is increasingly becoming the avenue of choice for interaction. And yes, since it is God’s intention for no man to perish but for everyone to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I believe He uses technology, Social media in particular, to achieve this goal. Can we handle with that notion?
"In the time of Noah, God used preaching of righteousness and the building of an ark to speak to His people. In the time of Moses, God used His presence of fire, cloud, and jaw-dropping miracles to speak to His people. Today, God still uses the likes of Bible study, listening to Sermons and praying, but He also uses Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, WordPress and YouTube! The more interaction we have with each other and with technology, the more we realise that God uses anything and everything to get His message of hope across to the nations. He uses the language and avenues that He knows we will embrace and understand. For instance a teenager, whose means of interaction are 80% on the internet on social forums such as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, is more likely to be influenced by what they hear through these mediums than what is preached in Sunday’s sermon.
"It is encouraging to see Christian individuals and organisations actively engaging in the use of social media. The people the church is trying to reach with the gospel of Jesus Christ now live in multiple locations; ‘physical and online’; many spending more time interacting online than physically. They are constantly engaging in the search and exchange of information and our presence on the scene might just provide the right information they need, the very one that will change their lives around forever.
"What do you think about God speaking through Social Media? Has God ever spoken to you through social media?"
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