The Gospel & Social Media

“The Gospel” has become a buzzword these days.  We hear all kinds of phrases using this term; “gospel centered” this, and “gospel centered” that.  However, we Christians have repeated history and become so focused on doing the right things that we have lost sight of the “why” behind doing them.  We have put the proverbial “cart before the horse” and made works more important than the worship of God who created us to “both will and work for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13).

The Gospel & Social Media by @MandyJHoffman.com

Thankfully God has raised up men and women like Timothy Keller and Elyse Fitzpatrick (and many more!) who have done a wonderful job of explaining the gospel to us, yet again, as we put the horse back in front of the car. The gospel, while being a catchy word, is also the “why” behind everything we do in life.  In short,the gospel is:

“We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.” – Timothy Keller

God has also equipped men and women like Brad Bigney, Gloria Furman, and others, with the job of helping us understand how the gospel impacts our daily life on a minute-by-minute basis.  My prayer in writing #ReformingSocialMedia was to turn the gospel spotlight upon this specific area of life that we so often forget is also under God’s sovereign control.  I found myself wrestling with how I should live in the new culture of social media where we use it as if God’s Word doesn’t apply to on-line interactions and communications.  Through many conversations with other women, and the teens I worked with, I found out I was not alone.  However, writing a book on social media was never on my bucket list; writing a book on any topic was never on my bucket list!  Yes, I did think about how exciting it would be to write a book, but never did I make it my goal.  It just sort of happened.  This book – #ReformingSocialMedia – is truly a monument to how God’s ways are not my ways (Isaiah 55:8-9).  I didn’t just sit down and quickly pen the words between it’s pages; it was a 21-month-long process that was challenging on all fronts.  It was completely God’s will and grace that this book was ever seen by more than my eyes.

God’s glorious gospel and grace has so impacted my life and my use of social media, that I can’t help but beg you to join me – a dirty, rotten, wicked sinner who is fighting the spiritual battle just like you – in digging into God’s Word to find answers to our problems with social media.  I truly believe that the gospel has much to say about social media.  It shows us that face-to-face interactions are more important than networking online, that we can use social media to make more of those real-life connections,  that social media can demonstrate love for others as Christ did for us on the cross, that fear and frustration don’t have to rule us because Jesus has already met our every need, and that we have more hope than any amount of friends could ever provide in the promise of eternity with Him for those of us who have been hidden in Christ Jesus through salvation by grace through faith!!! (Whew! I’m mimicking the apostle Paul with the long sentence!)

Oh!  I could go on…and on!  But that’s why I wrote the book!  There was just way too much good stuff than I could possibly fit into a single blog post, or even 40-minute workshop.  You will not find me telling you what you should or should not do with your social media accounts because that is not my job, that belongs to the Holy Spirit.  What you will find is my invitation to join me in following Christ in all of life, including our use of social media.  Join me and buy your copy here and also through these avenues:

 

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