I often get asked why I blog, why I tweet, and why I use Facebook.
There are a lot of reasons. For one I find it enjoyable, a great way to connect, and a great way to pass information.
But there is a much bigger reason. God has placed the church (universal and local) into specific areas where they are able to speak into the culture around them. Part of his message never changes but part of how the message is portrayed is shaped by culture.
A look at how music in churches has changed over the past 500 years is a perfect example of this. How the church was to specifically operate was not outlined in the Bible (I mean this in terms of organization and corporate gatherings), despite what some people may say.
The much bigger reason that I’m on Facebook and Twitter and why I blog into the vast depth of the internet is because culture is using the things.
Pew recently came out with a study which showed the following to likely be true about Generation Y:
“By 2020, members of Generation Y (today’s “digital natives”) will continue to be ambient broadcasters who disclose a great deal of personal information in order to stay connected and take advantage of social, economic, and political opportunities. Even as they mature, have families, and take on more significant responsibilities, their enthusiasm for widespread information sharing will carry forward.”
While some people may think my time spent writing on this website or tweeting is a complete waste, I say that I’m speaking into a culture that is shifting towards these avenues for relationships and connection.
The church and the people of the church who fail recognize the changing landscape of our culture are missing out on reaching people where they are.
I’m probably just preaching to the choir here though…