Using social media to share the gospel

I just did a google search this morning to learn what’s being taught to Christians on how to use social media to share the gospel.

Here’s what I searched for.

“using social media to share the gospel”

It was surprising to me that the number of pages related to a Christian sharing their faith online was very small compared to the very high number of Mormon articles, so I’m doing my part to tip the scales the other way. This will not be a technical manual of how to use social media. Rather, it’s an encouragement to the Christian who has some hesitation about sharing their faith, online or otherwise.

Recently I’ve been working for a company that makes life-saving pharmaceutical products. My role is to make training videos to help new employees and others understand the science behind the processes in their factory. I admire their company culture, and take pride in the fact that my work plays a very small part in their much larger effort to save lives around the world.

One day I was thinking about it — my work saves lives — and had to stop for a moment because I realized something. No matter how amazing a medication is, it’s not enough. A person’s life span can be extended from 30 years to 80 years, but there’s no drug that can stave off death forever. Our power against death is feeble at best.

If a medication was created that prevented us from death, how much more would we want to share that with the world? Would we be embarrassed to work for the company that manufactures such a drug? I’d be scrambling to be first in line to help in whatever way I possibly could!

And yet we as Christians are often silent.

The gospel is earth-shattering in that Jesus died, was dead for three days after being horrifically beaten, stabbed, and tortured, and then returned to life, removed the stone from his grave, and walked the earth again with more power and health than he’d had before his death.

We get hung up on the cross, wallow in the torture and pain, fast for Lent, and forget to tell the world that Jesus is not dead, He’s alive, and not only is He alive, but He has promised life — eternal life — to those who believe and follow Him.

If we believe Jesus did this, what could possibly keep us from sharing that in every way possible?

Including social media.

A Hands-on, Get Dirty Faith

I don’t know if many other people think about their faith very much, but growing up I thought about it a lot, and I realized that if I don’t embrace Jesus and the gospel message, church loses its meaning and becomes just a weekly social club, a meaningless ritual, or a way to pass the time if I’m bored on a Sunday.

If, on the other hand, I do fully embrace Jesus and the gospel, just attending church isn’t enough.

I need to live church.

That might sound weird. It makes a lot more sense if you can think of the church as the people involved, and not the building or organizational label.

It means I need to get my hands dirty. It means washing feet. That sounds romantic and disconnected from reality until it means staying up until 3 in the morning Saturday night trying to solve technical issues for a church campus I don’t personally attend. It sounds great until it means giving my last $50 to someone who is in more need than me, or bringing food to someone when we have a crazy week ourselves, or just stopping to say hi to my neighbor.

It sounds great until it’s no longer fun and it gets a little uncomfortable, and then the excuses start. I wonder if our gospel would be a stronger message if we were more willing to get our hands dirty.

I love my church not because it’s perfect, but because it is a continual challenge to live my faith out day by day, not just on Sunday morning.