Jesus Had Followers Even Before Twitter Was Cool

Social Media Sunday, June 29

SocialMediaSunday612x612Remember the story of Jesus feeding 5,000 people with a couple of loaves of bread and a few fish? His ministry went viral thousands of years before Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, the Internet, computers or, for that matter, the printing press, had occurred to anyone. Centuries ago, Jesus, just walking around and talking with ordinary people (and performing a few extraordinary miracles here and there as if a common place activity), attracted huge numbers of followers.

Today we have so many avenues of communication that allow us to share the Gospel, but with a 24/7 news cycle, pop-up ads on Google and endless sources of information and trivia, all available on our smart phones, we often find it hard to cut through the clutter. But the message about our redemption by a Savior, born 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem, is still worth stopping to hear. The show-stopping good news remains vital: Jesus died on a cross and rose from the dead so that we no longer have to live under the law: we can have the assurance of eternal life.

So here are some questions for those of us who live in this age of constant and instant communication: can we convey that message in just a 140 characters? Can we really live tweet about the sermon in church?

The answer is a resounding “yes!” Did you know that most of the Beatitudes are less than 140 characters? We can live Tweet some words from the liturgy that moved us or Facebook a line from the sermon that made us think or Instagram pictures from a ministry event that made us smile. Social media can instantly connect with people across town or across the country or with new friends from work or old friends from high school or even with people we don’t know, but with whom we share a common interest.

The Episcopal Church believes that social media can play an important role in sharing our faith and so it is sponsoring a social media day on June 29. We think it is important that St. Thomas’ unique perspective and identity be represented. Please join us on Sunday, June 29 as Episcopalians across the country Tweet, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest how important their faith is to them and what their congregation means to them.

Just log on to your favorite form of social media and use the #Episcopal or #ChSocM (Church Social Media)or #SMSunday.

See you on Facebook!