The days when you needed to get a TV series, recording contract or publishing deal to be heard by thousands, even millions of people, are no more.
I’m living proof of that. I began my blog without anyone’s permission. Instantly, billions of people had free, 24-hour access to it. I also self-published my first book and made it available, not just on my blog, but through the biggest bookstore that’s ever existed so that anyone, anywhere can order a print copy of The Grasshopper Myth or download the ebook and start reading it within seconds.
Eventually, the blog was noticed and picked up by ChristianityToday.com and my next book, Small Church Essentials will be with Moody Press (coming in March, 2018), but I didn’t need CT or Moody to find readers. I found readers (or the readers found me) before any media entity got involved. It was just me and a laptop.
Our access is stunning. But with that access comes a huge responsibility. (Must. Resist. Spider-Man. Quote!)
More than ever before, we have an obligation to act in a Christ-like manner. Not just in church, but everywhere.
WWJD? Isn’t Just for Bracelets
You know that argument you had on Facebook over some point of theology, politics or morality? The one where you got upset and said some things you regret? It wasn’t a private conversation. A lot of people read it.
Imagine that everything you say is going to be amplified over a microphone into a crowded room full of friends, family and strangers. That’s what your Facebook page does.
People see it when you lose your cool and put a religious or political argument ahead of being gracious and kind. Including new and not-yet Christians.
Did that conversation draw them closer to Jesus or push them further away? And please don’t tell me that’s not the point. That’s always the point!
Stay Strong, But Be Respectful
No, we don’t have to curb everything we say so that we’re posting nothing but St. Francis of Assisi quotes on Thomas Kinkade paintings. The strong tone I’m taking in this blog post should be proof of that.
We can and should make strong, even bold statements. But we must do it without being disrespectful, arrogant jerks about it. Or mean. Or downright un-Christlike.
It is possible to respect the truth and respect people who disagree with you at the same time.
But when we say cruel or untrue things online, there’s no taking it back. Online is forever.
People are watching. The world is watching. More than that, Jesus is watching. He said we’d be held to account for every careless word. Careless keystrokes are no exception.
We are his representatives with every word we utter, every video and meme we upload and every keystroke we hit.
Let’s make them count.
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