LIKE and SHARE

The use of Social Networking Media, like FaceBook and Twitter, is incredibly popular these days.  It seems that some folk think everyone’s Christian name ought to start with a hashtag.  And, as with every other invention of mankind through the centuries, such technology can be used for good, or for ill.  Clearly, the opportunities are manifold for the church to spread the message of Jesus throughout our world, which has become like a global village.  Yet, I came across a couple of quotes recently that really made me think about how effective we truly are at passing on what we say we believe.  John Wimber wrote, “It bothers me that oftentimes the Church are such good students, but forget to graduate and go out and do the things they’ve been studying about. Studying Scripture without doing Scripture is missing the point.”  AMEN to that, I say.  And then, there’s this challenging thought from Pastor Kurt Skelly, “When it comes to the Gospel message, too many Christians click LIKE instead of SHARE!”  Those of you who, like me, use FaceBook every day, will recognise that kind of language.  The Letter of James, in the New Testament, made precisely the same point two thousand years ago: Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does. (James 1: 22-25)  Perhaps the most famous sermon preached by Jesus is found in Matthew chapter 5.  It begins with what we commonly refer to as The Beatitudes.  This Sunday morning, as part of our E100 Bible studies, we will focus our attention on that very passage of Scripture.  Often, it is interpreted (and I have preached this very thing myself) as “the attitudes that ought to BE” in the life of a believer.  Now, there is nothing wrong with that, as far as it goes.  But, it could be argued that it doesn’t go far enough.  We must never forget that what we BELIEVE determines how we BEHAVE, and that our ATTITUDES ought to find their outworking in our ACTIONS.  HEARING what the LORD is saying to us, must always result in DOING what the LORD requires of us. So, how about it, then?  All you folks who love the Internet and Social Networking Media – what about taking some time (every day) to actively SHARE your faith in Christ, rather than simply being satisfied with LIKING Jesus?