Though the social media wave has been gaining speed and volume, many still oppose its use.
Many social media critics are found within our churches. Somehow, social connection through mediums outside of phone, written letter and/or face-to-face contact, are considered to be shallow. These mediums are not valuable in creating and maintaining authentic Christian relationships. Again, I’m not so sure.
What about our relationship with God in reference to social media?
Great pastor and theologian John Piper stated, “One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove at the Last Day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time.” Clearly, he didn’t fully understand what people were capable of within a social network.
What Dr. Piper neglected to understand is that there are thousands of people who are praying every minute of every day via their personal posts. This morning, I just scrolled through my phone and found a couple dozen prayers, which undoubtedly reached our Father’s heart.
We’ve all experienced someone publicly praying over a group of believers. We’ve all listened varied requests lifted within a prayer meeting or other gathering. So too a prayer can be carried out over and throughout the social media masses.
I have a sneaking suspicion that God still hears that prayer.
Why should social media have a place in the church?