A Christian Ethic for Social Media

by Brian Gray

In the age of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, how can the Bible guide our use of social media? Denver Institute founder Jeff Haanen shares insight in this brief video essay.

As you watch ask yourself:

  • How does your use of social media feed “The Big Me”? Does your online engagement foster a “broadcasting personality”?
  • Jeff quotes Eugene Peterson who writes, “Technology makes us think we can do far more than we actually can. Because there are constantly more opportunities to learn, to go, and to do.” How could creating a rest, or Sabbath, from social media deepen your spiritual life?
  • Who does your presence on social media benefit? Do your posts, tweets, or status updates advance your own interests or do they serve others?

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this issue! Leave a comment describing the principles you use to guide your engagement online.

 

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Brian Gray

Brian is the COO here at DIFW and also leads our 5280 Fellowship program.  Prior to landing at DIFW, he served in pastoral ministry for thirteen years and at Denver Seminary for four years. His vocation includes moving ideas out into life through relationships and conversation – whether that applies to God, work, the Church, good beer, or Liverpool Football Club. He married way out of his league, and spends most of his free-time being parented by his two daughters.