“People get into adulterous relationships.”
“It’s time consuming.”
“I don’t know how.”
These are some of the excuses that I hear from people not wanting to use social media. Rarely do they continue the conversation to discuss that adultery is a heart issue, not the problem for the creators of Facebook. Wasting time in any capacity normally reveals a lack of discipline, and we can’t blame video games or the internet for that either. Not knowing how to use social media is a lack of education issue that can be easily addressed if you ask someone who is already using it. Most of the social networking tools are designed to be user-friendly. Nobody wants to use something that is cumbersome.
“Connecting with family and friends across the world” is most likely the popular option for people who chose to use social media.
Social media is a means of making connections.
I admit that there are challenges to using social networking sites like Facebook. In addition to Facebook (which I only use to connect with my family and personal friends), there are also benefits for connecting through sites like Twitter.
Connecting online gives us the ability to enter into someone else’s world and invite them into ours. Social Networking is another tool for each of us to share in the great commission of taking the gospel to all nations. With a click of a button I can send the words “Jesus saves” to thousands of people across the world.
Here’s the truth, there are a lot of negative influences exposed on the internet. For that reason alone, Christians should show up on the social battlefield regularly and be prepared to engage in spiritual battle.
We can use the social networking to share our love for Jesus, other believers in Christ, and even our enemies. We can use social networking to create fellowships with others. While some may disagree that fellowship can take place online, I have experienced the benefits of online fellowship in my own life. I would agree, however, that online cannot be the only place that we participate in fellowship.
My current sources for connecting online are email, blogging, Skpe, Facebook, and Twitter. I also enjoy watching others use YouTube and personal websites to connect.
There are other tools out there to consider. We can’t do it all, but search around and see which tools work best for you. Did I mention that most of these resources are FREE?
Of course, everyone has the right to not use technology (and I fought it for a little while myself), but my husband warned me not to look puzzled when other people were using technology responsibly and reaping the benefits. After this wake-up call, I decided to engage and I have been connecting and engaging on this battlefield ever since.
What technologies do you use to connect with others? Why do you use them? What are your recommendations for social success?
© Natasha S. Robinson 2011