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Illusion of Social Media

Social media has a death grip on our culture. And the Christian sub-culture is no less addicted to the lure and illusion of the perceived anonymity of “free speech” that it brings to bear. We in the Christian West have been swept up in the frenzy of the 24-hour news cycle and the instantaneous gratification…

Feb 1, 2017

Douglas Leslie

Social media has a death grip on our culture. And the Christian sub-culture is no less addicted to the lure and illusion of the perceived anonymity of “free speech” that it brings to bear. We in the Christian West have been swept up in the frenzy of the 24-hour news cycle and the instantaneous gratification of getting our opinion “out there” for the world to know. However, the self ascribed freedom that Facebook and Twitter brings to the common person is not without sacrifice.

As believers we are called to a higher level of civility and discourse that often is displayed on social media.  And I am not talking about the endless animal videos or recipes that invade our news feeds. I am talking about larger issues. Issues like the Stanford rape case, the endless election cycles of public officials, and yes, even the thorny issue of race relations in this country. These are large issues that require a level of discourse that moves away from name calling and juvenile videos that demonize an opinion not our own .This is happening within the body, and frankly, it is disgraceful! How are we to win others to a fulfilled life of knowing God when the fruit of our “knowledge” of Him is no less horrendous than that of our snarky, wayward friends and family?

Political or social anger does not trump our call and obedience toward a deep abiding love that respects those that disagree with our opinions. Either way, we as Christians WILL leave a mark on our society  via our use and misuse of the technology we are given.  Let us steward these advances well, and worthy of our calling.

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Douglas Leslie

Douglas Leslie serves as the Founder and President of the Association of Christian Nonprofits, a nationwide membership organization focused on coming alongside local churches and faith-based ministries. In 2001 Doug left the corporate world, moving his family to Phoenix to serve as the Director of Operations for an international missions organization and later as the Executive Director of a grant-making public charity focused on skill training among the world’s poorest peoples. As a former pastor, Doug has a deep love for the local church, believing the church is God’s primary strategy for reaching their local communities and the world’s remaining unreached peoples. Doug lives with his wife and four children in the greater Phoenix area.

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