Social Mediais Not Very Social 090812
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Social Media is Not Very Social 090812
Those who know me would not be surprised to hear that I have a criticism of social media. They would not be surprised to hear this, because I usually have _some_ criticism of almost everything; this is part of the modern life—we must carefully and surgically think about everything that comes our way.
But there are serious flaws with social media, and perhaps serious flaws in thinking we can use social media, like Facebook, blogging and e-mail to stay in touch and that we can rely upon social media to make and do a church.
Let me explain. By means of this blog our (very) small church has been able to reach thousands of people. Most readers I never hear from or know about, although I do read the blogs of many of our regular subscribers. Over time I’ve come to feel that regular readers were sort of like people who regular attend our church, or regularly communicate with us.
As part of a church’s ministry the minister leads the congregation in creating a loving community of Christ. One way a minister does this is by regularly visiting one-to-one, face-to-face with each person or family in the church community. While social media does allow us to be in touch, it is not face-to-face, it is not one-on-one, it is not personal and it is just barely social. But with online, social media there are subscribers who have been here for a year or more, reading daily, but I don’t know them, they haven’t sent a prayer request, they have not been on contact with our ministers, etc.
In Matthew 15 (below) Jesus heals all who come to him, despite the disciples’ attempts to screen out the troublesome and high maintenance people. Does social media do this also? Are people reluctant to share the pain and doubt and loss of faith in their personal lives with any church, including one they know only by social media? Do we all attempt to present lovely, happy, one-sided pictures of ourselves on social media? I think so, and I don’t like it, but despite attempts for us all to be careful sharing information online, we still, with Jesus’ direction, need to find a way to be heal one another, to pray for one another, and create a community of Christ the best we can.
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The Message (MSG)
146 1-2 Hallelujah!
O my soul, praise God!
All my life long I’ll praise God,
singing songs to my God as long as I live.
3-9 Don’t put your life in the hands of experts
who know nothing of life, of salvation life.
Mere humans don’t have what it takes;
when they die, their projects die with them.
Instead, get help from the God of Jacob,
put your hope in God and know real blessing!
God made sky and soil,
sea and all the fish in it.
He always does what he says—
he defends the wronged,
he feeds the hungry.
God frees prisoners—
he gives sight to the blind,
he lifts up the fallen.
God loves good people, protects strangers,
takes the side of orphans and widows,
but makes short work of the wicked.
10 God’s in charge—always.
Zion’s God is God for good!
The Message (MSG)
The Ground Under Our Feet Mourns
33 Doom to you, Destroyer,
not yet destroyed;
And doom to you, Betrayer,
not yet betrayed.
When you finish destroying,
your turn will come—destroyed!
When you quit betraying,
your turn will come—betrayed!
2-4 God, treat us kindly. You’re our only hope.
First thing in the morning, be there for us!
When things go bad, help us out!
You spoke in thunder and everyone ran.
You showed up and nations scattered.
Your people, for a change, got in on the loot,
picking the field clean of the enemy spoils.
5-6 God is supremely esteemed. His center holds.
Zion brims over with all that is just and right.
God keeps your days stable and secure—
salvation, wisdom, and knowledge in surplus,
and best of all, Zion’s treasure, Fear-of-God.
7-9 But look! Listen!
Tough men weep openly.
Peacemaking diplomats are in bitter tears.
The roads are empty—
not a soul out on the streets.
The peace treaty is broken,
its conditions violated,
its signers reviled.
The very ground under our feet mourns,
the Lebanon mountains hang their heads,
Flowering Sharon is a weed-choked gully,
and the forests of Bashan and Carmel? Bare branches.
The Message (MSG)
Healing the People
21-22 From there Jesus took a trip to Tyre and Sidon. They had hardly arrived when a Canaanite woman came down from the hills and pleaded, “Mercy, Master, Son of David! My daughter is cruelly afflicted by an evil spirit.”
23 Jesus ignored her. The disciples came and complained, “Now she’s bothering us. Would you please take care of her? She’s driving us crazy.”
24 Jesus refused, telling them, “I’ve got my hands full dealing with the lost sheep of Israel.”
25 Then the woman came back to Jesus, went to her knees, and begged. “Master, help me.”
26 He said, “It’s not right to take bread out of children’s mouths and throw it to dogs.”
27 She was quick: “You’re right, Master, but beggar dogs do get scraps from the master’s table.”
28 Jesus gave in. “Oh, woman, your faith is something else. What you want is what you get!” Right then her daughter became well.
29-31 After Jesus returned, he walked along Lake Galilee and then climbed a mountain and took his place, ready to receive visitors. They came, tons of them, bringing along the paraplegic, the blind, the maimed, the mute—all sorts of people in need—and more or less threw them down at Jesus’ feet to see what he would do with them. He healed them. When the people saw the mutes speaking, the maimed healthy, the paraplegics walking around, the blind looking around, they were astonished and let everyone know that God was blazingly alive among them.
- Healing prayers (yourmesshismessage.wordpress.com)
- Going to the Dogs? (3dchristianity.wordpress.com)
- Jesus the “Reverse Psychologist”?: Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time (thesacredpage.com)
- Does God Still Heal Today? (steveatwood.wordpress.com)
- The Resume of Jesus Christ (ministerlp.wordpress.com)
- Healing Scriptures . . . (gshow.wordpress.com)
- Saturday (August 18): “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them.” (shechina.wordpress.com)
- Jesus: God or Prophet? (sharefaith.wordpress.com)
- Faith is a powerful thing. (cpkidd09.wordpress.com)
- Matthew 12:15 Bible Verse of the Day (momsfirstscreenn.wordpress.com)