On a more serious note – John Mark Reynolds wrote “Real People, Not Just Facebook Friends: The Importance of Being There in the New Media Age” on Scriptorium Daily today. Facebook and other types of social networking can be useful tools for ministry, but they never replace good old face to face “being together”. A couple of verses come to mind…
We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us, (1 Thessalonians 2:8, NIV).
I don’t think we can really share our lives on the internet. It is a useful tool to help stay connected (I’ve reconnected with a number of former youth group members through Facebook and MySpace), but how well can we really know someone?
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near, (Hebrews 10:24-25, ESV).
I know that some may say – you can do that in a online community! Well there are many other “one another” commands that can not be duplicated in the blogging and social network community.
On a less serious note I wanted to share with you a video that shows the ridiculous side of Facebook.
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