Technology and Ministry

By Gabriel Smith

In the 21st century technology has completely changed the world. With things like phones allowing people to explore almost any area of internet they like.

Approximately 95% of Americans have phones and about 77% of those phones are smart phones. Approximately 68% of adults use Facebook, 37% of Americans use Instagram, and 22% use Twitter.

So this is a huge, field of ministry. 

Why is it than that so many Christians won’t have anything to do with social media? And while social media is bad, and many bad things are on it. most people aren’t going to stop using social media, so why don’t we, instead of complaining, give people something worth looking at.

The Bible says:

For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them.  To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law.
To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law.
To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.
I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.
1 Corinthians 9:19-23

This was Paul writing, after reading this, doesn’t it make you think if Paul had been born into this modern day, he would have used social media, for the sake of the gospel, that he might save some. Why is it that we won’t don’t something as simple as spend fifteen minutes a day to do an online ministry, when people like Paul gave their lives for the gospel? why? What is it about technology that makes it to hard for us to do? Most of us will spend quite a bit of time on social media anyways, we might as well do something with that time.