Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Are You a Christian Giving Up Social Media for Lent? Please Don't.
If you are a church communicator, if you are a clergy person, if you are a Christian, please don't give up social media for Lent unless you are only using social media to play Angry Birds and Scrabble with your friends six hours a day.
A Christian communicator who gives up posting on Facebook, Tweeting, or writing online during Lent is a Christian who has decided not to talk about God, about Jesus, about faith, during the church's season expressly dedicated to preparing for the greatest event in history, the foundation of our faith, the hope of our salvation, the resurrection of our savior Jesus Christ. This is the the time when faithful people gather together more often than ever. And you're not going to talk about it in public?
Your church is not going to keep its Facebook page updated about all the opportunities for prayer, for study, for soup, for conversation, for fellowship during this intense season of preparation for the sign to the world of the world's salvation? You are not going to put your message that God is Love out there every day in the stream of conversation that is going on all around you? And instead you're going quiet to be a Christian all by yourself, to refrain from witnessing to the Gospel and inviting the world to taste and see that the Lord is good?
For the love of God, please don't do that.
If you need a discipline for Facebook, go through your newsfeed at a set time every day and pray for each of the people whose names and pictures pop up. (Thanks, Tracy, for the idea.) Or decide not to post anything but a prayer or a meditation every day instead of your Bejeweled Blitz score. Or decide to post something specific about your faith every day or twice a week or do something to add to the stream of talk out there.
Please don't excuse yourself from the conversation for forty days. The world needs to hear your voice, to see what the Church is doing; the world needs you to host the conversation, to debate, discuss and ponder the upcoming Paschal mystery, to prepare not only yourself but help others prepare for the good news that on the third day God acted again in history to show us that Love is stronger than Death.
Thank you, and see you tomorrow for the solemn fast of Ash Wednesday.
(P.S. Follow up post is here about what you SHOULD be doing on social media for Lent!)