The Dangers of Social Networking in Ministry

September 30, 2011

How much larger is God than you?

I recently read in the May 2011 issue of Christianity Today Magazine an article entitled, “Christianizing the Social Network”, and I was fascinated by the author’s concern about social networking tools creating unhealthy desires for the Christian community. One example the author gave was how YouTube heightens and preys upon “our desire to see and be seen”, and “making us exhibitionists, telling us that any part of the human experience can be someone’s entertainment.”

After reading this article, I became convicted of the need to be aware of how I use technology and how to be a good steward of the human experiences I share – mine and those belonging to others (like my husband). This conviction begs me to be intentional in how I promote our ministry and how I encourage others to use art as an expression of faith while simultaneously avoiding the exploitation of the human experience for the sake of expanding God’s Kingdom. Yes, this can be problematic. How do I raise the visibility of art as an expression of faith without promoting the artist above God? How do I raise the visibility of MY art as an expression of faith without promoting MYSELF above God?

After thinking on this I have decided to focus on three particular scripture verses in my effort:

  • Acts 20:24: I consider my life worth nothing; my only aim is to finish the race and testify to the good news of God’s grace.
  • Jeremiah 9:24: In doing so, I will boast about this – that I know God and that He is the Lord who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth.
  • John 15:5: I will do this with God’s help because He is the vine and I am the branches; apart from him I can do nothing (correctly).

In essence, I will continue telling the world about God and His Grace and I will do so by illustrating (singing, writing, and painting about) what I know and understand about Him (including His kindness, justice and righteousness), professing Him as Lord and King; and I will do all of this while remaining mindful of the fact that I am nothing without Him.

And so I ask you: how will you resist the temptation to see and be seen, to tell any part of your human experience and promote yourself above God?