Who would have thought, “Social Media Day”? Social media is obviously not just a phenomenon but a way of life. The Christian church has in many ways gravitated toward utilizing social media like Twitter, Facebook, and numerous other ways to connect people with church activities and ministries. However, I believe that the church (at large) fail in creating trends.
The church world always seems to be lacking in setting the #trends of today. Instead, we grab a lasso and try to catch the latest #trend before it passes us by. All the while, outside culture continues to view the church as the second-rate, followers that we have become. Shocked, Christians continue to be baffled why people are coming in to the doors of our churches as we “put on” performances and don’t come close to equaling the quality, authenticity, and emotional connectiveness that people had with the original, secular trend.
I think it is time that we has Christians set some #trends that are authentic, and connect emotionally and spiritually. We hear voices that say culture is going down the drain, and yet never seem to set a #trend that is substantially different. We claim to have a message that is worth more than anything, and yet present it in a form that wouldn’t #trend on any social media outlet.
Where do we start then? I think the church is made up of individual people. So the starting place is setting your individual #trend. This a #trend that produces the fruit of the spirit in your life. It’s the kind of #trend that utilizes your strengths and talents in the lives of others. It is the type of #trend that people are not only attracted to, but they begin to hop on the #trend as well. Essentially it is the #trend of living the life that Jesus called us to live; following his life pattern of #love, #grace, #forgiveness, #generosity, and #authenticity that only comes from above. These #trends, when lived out become a catalyst that people want to follow because they are so different and yet so obviously authentic in our lives that people can’t help but follow.
Live out the #trend that you originally fell in love with; the #trend that is original, authentic, and comes from above.