Jon Acuff may be the everyday Christian’s practical and humorous advisor. The man just oozes wisdom in the most deliberate ways that help take you from doing something just because you think you should to an intentional way that honors God, furthers the mission of your ministry, and gives you peace about life.
The video above is something that every pastor needs to watch. I don’t care if they are the person running the church’s social media accounts or has never sent a tweet or Facebook status update.
Social media does not actually add benefit to your ministry in the most philosophical of perceptions. Yes, you will get more eyes on your content and it may help you find more people to enter your church. But remember this: Social media is a medium for dialogue with people.
But what I have found in my digital travels is that social media actually heightens who you are as a person. If you are a person that secretly loves only themselves, but is able to fake it on Sunday mornings, you can quickly be discovered online. If you have an issue with boundaries but have not been caught yet, your 2AM posts will quickly shed light on your life.
I do not do his to shame anyone. We all are broken and in need of redemption. But it is those that have found accountability in life, recognize their weaknesses, and push for more than just what they want in life and instead look for what God has for them whom I want to personally connect with on social media. Most of my digital relationships have fizzed because people try to be something they are not online. Their story is false and it is that lack of authenticity that shows me I need to be cautious.
At the same time, I find myself looking at people like Phil Schnieder and Eric Dye and call myself blessed. In the truest sense of the word, I call them friends. Yet I have never met either of them in person nor talked with them offline. They have added to my story and shown the true person they are.
So be careful what you post online just as Acuff has shared. Also know that who you are in your depths may come out in your posts. We can try to craft someone who we are not online, but the real you does come out.