Has the ‘digital age’ made communication easier? Blogs, twitter, Facebook, and other social media wing messages across the world, to loved ones, real friends, virtual friends…and hopefully an audience for our books, blogs, or amateur videos. We buy on-line and bid on e-bay. Communicatoin is rapid. Instant.
As Christians, ‘We have a gospel to proclaim’: and can access a plethora of writing and reading tools, pouring from inventive, rival, companies. Not only word processing, but apps, games, the Web, and Smartphones. All without the checks and filters which once existed in the media and publishing world – editorial policy, and copyright, to name but two. Censorship is unenforceable. Anyone is free to communctae anything to anyone. What an opportunity.
Which raises big questions. If anyone, whatever their opinoins, can send their thoughts around, anyone and everyone does. That’s being human.
Believing we have the Holy Spirit, can we Christians simply open our hearts and souls on-line, trusting God will use our words to bring salvation and solice? How may this be read by those of other faiths, or none? The age of easy communication has brought with it an age of tumult in many societies. Or rather, it’s brought the tumult to global attention. And Christians are not alone in wanting to send around their beliefs.
In the person of Jesus, ‘the fullness of God was pleased to dwell’. The Gospel accounts of Jesus’s life demonstrate clearly that his attitude was always gracious, respectful, and compassionate. This is one important guide for our writing. There is what we say, and how we say it. Think before you click.
Jesus’s ministry was also slanted towards the poor, the disadvantaged, the marginalised, and minorities. The web is a great place to learn about our the global audience. We can’t be complacently Western in our approach, our definition of faith, or our accounts of God’s blessings.
‘The Word became flesh and dwelt among us’… it wasn’t sufficient that the Word was written. A fully rounded human being sat talking with Martha and Mary, went fishing with Peter and Andrew, called Zaccheus down from that tree. And died on another Tree. That message is unavoidable: so is our belief that he is alive. Not only in an ancient story, but today.
So, let’s not be too caught up by innovations, or gimmicks The ‘digital age’ is finding its place in Christian communication. But God created living beings, and gave them responsibility to one another. Let’s always model our writing on our Lord, by treating others with the respect, humanity, compassion, and graciousness.
I’m not telling you what to do. But that’s what I think.