I got an email tonight about a promotion for a new social networking site for Christians called “FaithOut”. It said, “Users can upload all their favorite photos, tag their friends and family, share videos and music and find others around similar spiritual interests.” First off, I don’t really care to try and find people with similar “spiritual interests”. What does that mean? “Hey look! This person totally loves to speak in tongues! Let’s be friends!” lol. Trying to get Christians to go to a separate place for a phenomenon that breaks out “in the world” is nothing new, though. I’m sure you’ve heard of GodTube, which started as the Christian alternative to YouTube. Really? Why would us as Christians do this?
Well of course, first it is because you can make money off dumb Christians. It is really easy. You can make a terrible record, just talk about Jesus and you will get a response from spiritual people. I like how my pastor phrased it this week in his sermon, saying, “Everyone else calls it the world, I call them my neighbors.” We as followers of Christ need to stop running from the good things that come from the internet and start embracing our culture. This is not what Jesus of Nazareth was talking about in John 15. Maybe one day Christians will be innovative and lead the way rather than jump on phenomena’s 10 years late and turn a profit from an ignorant niche.