Ahhhhhhh, a photo by kennymatic on Flickr.
Okay, this social media stuff is becoming more of a challenge. I started this blog over a year ago and I have two Facebook accounts (one for family and one for the congregation) and I use my Droid 3 phone to text my daughter and I have dabbled a bit on Twitter and I want our congregational website to be as current as possible and I need to start an on-line newsletter for the members of Resurrection Lutheran and I know that there are technologies that will link this all together and sometime I just want to SCREAM.
Well, maybe “scream” is a bit of an over-reaction, but certainly I am at time overwhelmed by the technological possibilities that have grabbed hold of our society. I could bury my head in the sand (or an old fashion book), but I feel this call to adapt. After all, the message of Jesus Christ is worth spreading out into the world. I remember that the apostle Paul had to adapt as he made his missionary journeys into the Gentile world. His sermon to the people of Athens revealed how he work to understand their culture, their native religiosity, so as to make a connect to the good news of Jesus Christ (Acts 17:22-34). Every age has had to adapt to new technology and culture. I think one of the great strengths of our Christian faith is that it is adaptable to new times and situations, while staying true to our God.
As I write blog posts and try to compose cleaver tweets, I am reminded of Jesus’ parable of the sower (Mark 4:1-20), my sermon text for this Sunday. The sower was pretty wild in his tossing of seed. He seemed to be intent on flinging it everywhere, with the confidence that it will find good soil. As I post, tweet, facebook, e-mail and preach I need to trust in the power of the Holy Spirit, the wind of God, to carry the seed to productive soil, where the fantastic news that we are loved and cherished by God will be heard.
Lord Jesus, send your word on the wind of your Spirit.
In 1984, Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) bought a typewriter for $125 and banged out an enthusiastic letter to his brother. Three months later, when the Remington makers wrote Mark Twain for a recommendation, he replied that he had entirely stopped using it. He declared it was ruining his morals, because it made him “want to swear.”
I love the way Mark Twain expressed his frustration as he grappled with the new technology of the time. I believe God gave us the the technology and he’ll give us what we to become proficient using it as well. It doesn’t all come at once.I just need to remember to ask him to forgive me when it makes me want to swear!
Thanks, Leslee, for reminding me that our frustration with new technology is not new. What I think is new is the how many ways we can communicate with each other. The vast amount of information and ways to communicate it is daunting. Still I delight in simple face-to-face conversation with God’s people at Resurrection. Peace.