Redeeming Social Media by John Piper


Social_Network 750 x 380Have you ever been in a discussion about the value of social media?  Here’s what John Piper has to say:

“I see two kinds of response to social Internet media like blogging, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, and others.

“One says: These media tend to shorten attention spans, weaken discursive reasoning, lure people away from Scripture and prayer, disembody relationships, feed the fires of narcissism, cater to the craving for attention, fill the world with drivel, shrink the soul’s capacity for greatness, and make us second-handers who comment on life when we ought to be living it. So boycott them and write books (not blogs) about the problem.

“The other response says: Yes, there is truth in all of that, but instead of boycotting, try to fill these media with as much provocative, reasonable, Bible-saturated, prayerful, relational, Christ-exalting, truth-driven, serious, creative pointers to true greatness as you can.”

I agree with response two, but if you’ve been here before, you’ve already heard from me a lot.  So, I’m hoping you’ll take the time to read the rest of John Piper’s post on why Christians should take their message to all sorts of media.  At least follow the link so you can read his example of a creative Tweet poem.

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