Thanks for such a reflective reply, @RebeccaN. I especially appreciate your thought,
Will you still love me when we do not see eye to eye? Will you stick with me if you know who I really am? Will you still love me if you knew what I have done?
I remember one distant acquaintance posting, “If you support ___, I will unfriend you.” I replied, “Why base a person’s measurement on something so superficial as politics? Aren’t we worth so much more?” I’m not sure if that was the right approach, but I didn’t get unfriended. You hit on a really key point, how beneath the surface of posts is a cry to be noticed and loved. One RZIM podcast, Cover to Cover, touches on how many social media posts aren’t necessarily support of the information, but as a way of representing oneself to others.
As social media analytics get better and better at sorting people, I wonder what will happen - eventually we will be with people just like us. Then, we’re going to have to stare at the fact that maybe we aren’t quite as good as we thought we were. There won’t be the distraction of pointing to someone else as “worse.”
@rogerc, to expand more on your question about my goal in asking this question - I was hoping with the link to show a con of social media while also highlighting pros of how churches are using it well.
On a personal note, I hit a crisis of faith a year or two ago when I stared at what I had diminished Christianity to. On one side, I went to a superficial church because I thought the only way to spread the Gospel was to learn the techniques behind their social media and mass communication strategies. They got Truth far and wide, so it seemed, but the relationship with God felt lacking. On the other side, I showed a lot of sacrificial love to friends but never spoke Truth to them because I thought they would reject me. Eventually, I reached a point where I needed to know what was real because believing in only the manmade efforts and not God had collapsed on itself. Vince’s concept of highlighting how Christ brings both sacrificial love and Truth together is beautiful. So my question is, whether social media specifically is a problem/help aside - what are practical ways we can demonstrate Truth and love together?
@fredproch, you bring up a really good point on how social media can shrink our deeper understanding. @CarsonWeitnauer had a great Facebook live clip a few weeks ago, but I can’t find it now. There is a balance between projecting what we want the world to see and genuinely showing our live’s messier corners. Is there an approach you try to bring to your social media, Fred?