Central Baptist Church of Southington Connecticut


Social Media

  • Jim Townsley
  • Jun 5, 2019

Social media has provided us many time saving applications. However, our endless pursuit of information and pleasure is leaving us numb to the simple things of life. Life has become so complicated that basic communication skills are often sadly missing. The need for knowledge about things and people is robbing us of relationships and personal time on a daily basis and social media is largely to blame.

Forty years ago a rotary dial telephone was a preacher’s lifeline to connect with his flock. The telephone consumed a lot of time in those days but it was very helpful to counsel and connect with people. Otherwise it would have been much more difficult to communicate. But today there are so many avenues of communication that can be very time consuming with little results to show for it thus robbing us from things that matter most.

There are many avenues of social media today. The smart phone enables us to connect to Facebook, email, twitter, Instagram, snapchat and face-time to name a few. In addition, there are blogs, web sites and countless details on the internet that consume a lot of valuable time. Learning how to use the newest technology and fix the things that are broken also add to our time available. Technology does not always work the way it should and countless hours are spent getting back on line and trying to figure out how to get rid of a computer virus. Technology is rapidly changing and much time and money is required to keep up to date.

Through these many means of communication the preacher’s time can become consumed. Some technology is time saving while much of it is time wasting. Some technology is necessary, but I’m still not sure all of it is wisely used. Surfing the net can involve many hours and reading the posts and watching the latest videos can expend many hours of time that could have been used in a more production way.

How did Paul do his missionary work without a smart phone? Why were the great revivals of the seventeenth and eighteenth century so effective without social media? True ministry involves personal contact with people. There is no substitute to sitting down one on one to witness to a man or woman and the same is true for discipleship. If social media does not result in personal contact I believe it will prove in the end to be wasted time.

Should social media be completely rejected? Absolutely not. Almost every person looking for a church finds it through the church’s web site. Communication through emails is easy and cost effective. Bible software is very helpful in the study of a particular subject. But looking through endless pages of information on Facebook can amount to little more than the latest gossip. Posting menial or daily tasks is not necessary.

There are many dangers that go along with social media and every Christian should beware of its use. People are becoming addicted to their cell phone and children are losing their communication skills. Dangerous connections have been made through the internet that for some preachers has proven fatal to their ministry. Paul warns preachers to take heed. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. - -Act 20:28