How can the still small voice of God be heard in the age of the social networking site and the sound byte? Do one line tweets carry any real resonance of God’s love song? In the plethora of blogs and opinions, twee truisms and well-trampled quotes, I wonder if writing with depth and hoping to be read isn’t rather like expecting someone to hold a seashell to their ear in a stock exchange hall. Even if they tried to hear, how would they be able to discern the sound of the waves rolling in from an unworldly ocean?
Sometimes I find creating writing specifically for the web a troublesome effort with little reward, but then, all writing is like that, and as a Christian the reward is performing the task in hopes that one person will be drawn into your words, uplifted and encouraged. So with blogs I try to write for that one person to whom my words will be like treasure, like balm to a weary soul.
There seems to be a holy grail being sought by internet writers: great numbers of followers and a magic portal that sells books, packaging them off into the ether, bringing fame and glory and a guaranteed income. But we are in the business of the kingdom, and that means gathering followers for Jesus and our looked for transactions should be the exchange of heavy yokes for the gospel.
So for me, the real question is not about success but motive. Jesus would always live amongst the poor and needy so it is questionable whether he’d be found within a hundred miles of an iPhone, but as his followers we can use technology to turn people’s eyes and hearts towards him. I ask myself whether C.S. Lewis, who often spoke on radio, would have written a blog if he’d lived in this digital age. I don’t know, but I know I’d have read it.
True wisdom will be found. She shouts out in the street, and she calls out from the web. It is her nature and destiny to be proclaimed, sought out and cherished. In the digital world, as in real life, the things that distinguish the gospel are its freshness, its freedom, its difference. If we stay true to it in our writing, it will leap out to searching hearts.