I admit it. I drank the Kool-Aide and got myself a Twitter account. It has actually been a great way to keep up with my friends (my fellow Disturbed Christians Scott, Diana, and Rachel are on Twitter), and also secretly stalk my celebrity crush Meghan McCain. However, whenever I get an email update saying I have a new follower, 9 out of 10 times it's some one I don't know.
I like meeting new people, especially my adoring fans. But usually when a stranger starts following me on Twitter, they're advertising something. Their updates (or Tweets, or Twats, or whatever they're called) are mostly links to either spyware-ridden websites or blogs about how social network media can help your business*. Maybe I'm just weird, but I want to really get to know people. I want to build relationships. Isn't that what social media is about--making friends without leaving your house?
I wonder if we Christians do the same. Do we really want to connect with the world, or do we just want them to join our club?
One of the things I love about Jesus is how personable He is. He didn't just preach at people; He befriended them, too. He shared His meals with tax collectors and prostitutes. I mentioned that on an online Christian message board, and one guy replied and said, "It was just so they would repent." True, Jesus said He came for the sick, but here's the thing about sharing your meals. In that culture whenever you ate with some one, you weren't just sharing a meal--you were sharing your lives. That's why the Pharisees were so shocked. Why on earth would the Son of God want to share His life with sinners?
If we want people to know Christ, we can't just give them a URL or a track. We need to get to know them as people. We need to build relationships with the unsaved.
*Using social network media to advertise your blog about social network media--I don't know if that's irony or just plain sad.