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Eavesdropping on the soul in the statussphere can help you fight for joy

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“When the Word of God, tailored to our need, comes to us in a per-
son who gives us his very self, there is a great triumph of love that almost
always leads to joy.” – John Piper, When I Don’t Desire God, p. 132.

A lot is being written about the new social media age, but i think it’s easy to over-complicate the payoff for the church in leveraging web social tools for ministry to the church.

Like never before, services like Twitter and Facebook and blogs give everyone an opportunity to walk alongside other Christians and listen to their hearts as they grapple with what it means to live out faith.

This seam of gold, incarnation and imitation, is of the highest value in the equipping of the saints. Is this not the power of so many of the psalms?

The word of God — its power, its joy, its truth — is meant to be proved all-good and all-sufficient when it is embodied in the lives of faithful, enduring saints.

And from old to young, we are meant to be engaged in the daily habit of “holy emulation” as we seek to embody that word. First we follow Christ, but as the Apostle Paul mercifully advised, “Be imitators of me,” or of elders or of entire churches.

If social media did nothing more than encourage imitation and incarnation it will have made a dramatic contribution to the church and the individuals lives of so many Christians laboring to fight for joy and perseverence where true Christian community is rare, and daily support and encouragement is generally unavailable.

Can social media be a vacuuous, trivial exercise in self-glorification? Of course. But that does not mean it cannot add to our spiritual armor.

Do you have people in your network who are remarkable in this way?

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Written by NickCharalambous

July 30, 2009 at 10:15 am

Posted in ruminations

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  1. i fight between the intentional use of social media for ministry/business and all the wasted time

    Jim

    July 30, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    • I think there’s a shocking amount of timewasting with social media, disguised as networking. I’m just hoping most will get tired of the novelty of having a bazillion followers and start measuring the value of the service in the quality of the interaction, and eventually relationships born as a result.

      ipiphanist

      July 30, 2009 at 8:47 pm


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