I’ve been using social media since the dawn of AOL, and the 1000 Hours free disks. I surfed the web looking at what chat rooms to be part of, and what people to connect with. Then MySpace entered my hard drive, with it’s customizations, and broad audience. MySpace changed the game, because it connected people with others they knew. Then came Facebook, the reigning champ of social media. This site got everyone more intimately connected with profiles revealing birthdays, marriages, and family member section. There’s even a saying I’ve heard “It’s not official, until it’s Facebook official”, which means that an event, such as relationship statuses and such, aren’t worth much until everyone on your Facebook knows about it. Finally there’s Twitter, the 140 character phenomenon. Twitter has almost replaced email, and text messaging. It also gives the public access to celebreties.The darkside of the social media frenzy is that it makes us apathetic, and makes us socially dysfunctional.
Whenever I go on Facebook, I would see a plethora of pictures with 1000+ “Likes”. Some Posts about a friend or family member sick in the Hospital with “Likes”, but no one asking if the family needs anything, or if prayer is needed. This is the attitude we’ve adopted with social media. There are friends I haven’t seen in months, years, yet I “Like” all their posts, and comment on their statues. This is very bothersome, because this same attitude has affected the Church. People put on their masks, and become part of the problem, being apathetic.
As believers apathy should have no room in our hearts. Social media gives us a scape goat, a distraction, a way not to have to directly deal with people. Serving and good works should be our response to today’s in light of the Gospel. Let’s make much of Jesus on and off of the social media that keeps us so sinfully entertained.
i believe God’s word is timeless, and has something to say about this as well:
James 2:14-17 Esv “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”
So what are the problems with “Like” and “Retweet”? They can translate into apathy. We “Like” and “Retweet” to show our approval, or to show interest. But, when a statement calls for action, those gestures are as good as bringing sand to the beach. Be encouraged to fight apathy. Respond with service and good works, whenever you are truly able.