Digital Preaching and Online Spaces
As I am teaching through the book of Acts in a new series called SENT, the theme of being witnesses comes up over and over. In fact the calling to be witnesses were Jesus’ final words to his people before he ascended. You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). Now it’s common for Christians today to contextualize this verse by asking what is your Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and so forth. That is a helpful exercise, but do you just think about physical, geographic locations? What about the online spaces you and I occupy? Does it even cross our mind about how we use Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc.?
Now I realize this can get out of hand, and I don’t think we have to attach a Bible verse to every random thing we happen to post. That’s not the point. That’s not altogether desirable – at least in my opinion. I’m not wanting to create virtual street preachers who digitally yell at everyone that happens to stumble their way. But as a Christian, we should be asking if we are making much of God in the digital realm? If all people ever saw was your status updates, would it reflect the life of someone who is abandoned to Christ?