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Would Jesus be on Facebook? and other questions for Christian web leaders

I want to encourage those Christians in the tech space to attend the Christian Web Conference. Where most conferences on technology are geared toward ‘how’, ‘what’, and ‘who’ this conference will ask more ‘why’ questions. As the conference main site states, “The Christian Web Conference is designed to equip individuals with the vision, knowledge, and relationships that are necessary in order to be thoughtful practitioners and consumers of developing web technologies.”

For example, one of the highlights of the conference is a debate about whether the online church is community between Andrew Jones (tallskinnykiwi) and Matthew Anderson (Mere Orthodoxy).

At the conference I will facilitate the session, Internet Strategy: What does the gospel have to do with Social Media? where we will investigate the role of social media in the church. How and what as Christians should we consider regarding our use of social media. For example in the initial results of a survey so far:

7 out of 10 church leaders believe that “If Jesus were alive today He would have a profile on a social network.”

Source: The State of the Church Online | Member Community and Social Networks (take this survey to help!)

What are ways we can redemptively participate in social media and what are lines we need to create. Join us for these discussions and much more….

7 Comments

  1. Why didn’t Jesus leave behind any writings by His own hand? That technology was available to him. Think how efficient and effective that might have been. (Don’t think too long…)

    For some reason, God determined that the “fullness of time” (Galatians 4:4) when Jesus would come to Earth would be a period bereft of electronic technology.

    How many carpenters are among your Facebook friends? Fishermen? Lepers? “Samaritans”?

    I don’t know how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, nor can I offer a definitive answer to the hypothetical question posed. My knowledge of Jesus, though, inclines me to disagree with 7 out of 10 church leaders.

  2. I’m wondering if the survey question should be reworded. Jesus *is* alive today! 😉

  3. Another good call. I agree with both of you on the points.

  4. Hey Drew… thanks for doing this stuff. Your posts are always engaging and provocative. Jesus really is unique in a lot of ways (big understatement).

    I think the fact that Jesus didn’t write but his followers did maybe helps us with a different question. Should we be on social networking sites? Would Peter, Paul and John have a Facebook profile? Paul’s passion for outreach seems so huge… I can see him taking names on mars hill and asking Orpheus and Crispus to friend him so they could continue the conversation…. On the other hand it’s hard to imagine Paul posting random vids from You Tube with cute kids and lots of giggles.

    As for Matt’s comment about angels and pinheads. Angels, as spiritual beings occupy no space and have no extension in space so I believe we can be more confident that an infinite number of angels can dance on the head of a pin. Assuming of course the Sovereign Lord allows it.

  5. I’m getting ready to preach a sermon about Christians using Facebook, MySpace, etc. If Jesus did use Facebook I imagine that it wouldn’t have been a substitute for face to face interaction with people. I find that one of the dangers with social media is that after we have conversed on line we feel we have met all our obligation to commune with people. I realize some can only do this online because of the distance they live apart from one another, but I think Jesus would model both aspects of fellowship. I don’t think He would say it is an either/or situation. Interesting discussion. Grace to you all. Kevin Boone

  6. I feel that Christ would use the social media, but it would be called “Speaking in Tongues”(Smile). But seriously, Jesus would teach us to render to the world what belongs to it, and render under GOD what is HIS. Hint: “The world is the LORD’S and the fullness thereof.”

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