The worst part about being grown up is the fact that we don’t bring in snacks for everyone in class every time someone has a birthday. The worst thing that could happen would be to not bring enough. The internet is based off of these same principles (maybe that’s why it can come off as a little childish sometimes). The more times something is shared, the more likely it is to be viewed, enjoyed, read, heard, etc.
Many local churches and ministries are posting content online and around the internet. As believers we are called to share our faith, share our hope, and share the Word. The early church shared the Gospel under the harshest of conditions and in the midst of desperate persecution. We can share it practically anonymously online!
But while anonymity can provide a sense of security it is also the least effective way to share the Gospel. The physical and spiritual evidence of Christ in our lives is the most powerful testimony that we have. A quick look through any online comments section will show that people are not going to be persuaded through logical and reasonable arguments. They aren’t even going to listen to logical and reasonable arguments. But they are watching our lives.
Personally, I disagree with that old saying, “preach the Gospel, and if necessary, use words.” I believe that it takes both and boldness as well. But I do believe that the principle of living a VISIBLE life of godliness is crucial to any conversion and church growth. Without that growth and new members the local church withers up and dies.
Paul’s letters in the New Testament are a great example of Christian sharing. The letters were typically written to specific churches, often with specific people mentioned in them. But those churches would pass them around entire regions and today we are still sharing these letters.
I think it is a great idea to continue our heritage of sharing. I think that more of us ought to be sharing what our pastors and churches are posting online. Not just “liking” it, but re-sharing. The important thing is to back up our “shares” with our actions. We can live our lives out loud like no other generation in history and we are most concerned about privacy. Too often we view the internet as a secret entrance for bad things (and it can be) but maybe we should see it as a pulpit instead. Or even better as a dining room table that we can invite our neighbors in and feed them when they are hungry.
Christianity can be like a 3rd grade classroom during someone’s birthday. We have some really exciting news, let’s make sure that we share it with everyone.