In a post today, Wes Woodell, on his blog West Coast Witness, asked the question(s) “Is Social Media Just a Fad? Will Facebook Fade Like Vanilla Ice?” Included in that post was a YouTube video from Socialnomics (Watch Below). Both reaffirm the reality that social media has parked its massive rear end in our culture/world and isn’t getting up in the foreseeable future. The question for the church is: WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? Several lectures and conversations I have heard recently have been quick to demonize social media. A substantial number of professors I have encountered in a college that trains ministers, are outwardly opposed to it. Likewise, there is no curriculum to train ministers to use it. Regardless of your opinion on the dangers of texting in traffic or the deficits of grammar in today’s youth, it is negligent to conclude that the form of communication among the world’s population is going to miraculously digress to 20th century practices. Communication will continue to evolve, but it is apparent that social media is going to be part of the method. If we cannot embrace social media sufficiently to deliver the message of Christ in a way that a significant portion of the population communicates, we do nothing more than do evangelism on OUR TERMS rather than following the pattern of the Bible.
What do you think?