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The Church and The Media

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The Covid 19 pandemic has brought a big change to the world. Schools, companies, business, etc. stopped from operating. We cannot deny that it greatly affected the lives of the people. Another problem that arises is the ministry work since everyone is forced to stay in their homes. But in the work of God, there is no such thing as stopping. A solution that was seen as informal before was brought to light. Social media opened doors for ministry to continue.

Billions of people are active on social media every day especially on Facebook. In fact, according to a survey, the Philippines ranked as the first longest hours of active users. Through this information, we can conclude that the gospel would reach more people wherever they are than the traditional way of ministering which are crusades and bible studies but this doesn’t necessarily mean of thoroughly neglecting the old ways. If the ministry or church is not present on social media, how can one influence the people who are crowding around this space for hours?

Another benefit of social media is that anyone can minister. Not everyone is blessed with the talent of preaching or their fear of facing crowds but on social media, they can spread the word by posting, sharing, and messaging their friends with God’s words. Social media can help connect people and build friendship.

Social media can bring the gospel to the homes of the members who are confined in their homes. There are members who lives far from the church, are sick, doesn’t want to mingle with others yet. Social media gives opportunity to these people to still attend the church service in the comfort of their homes.

Social media is an evolution that is here to stay. It will continue to grow and influence the way we communicate with each other. Indeed, it has its benefits and risks but Christians should keep in mind that it is God’s work that is needed to be done. We should be careful enough on how we present ourselves in a way that shows Christlike example. As what 1 Corinthian 10:31 says, so whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

© 2022 Genevie Rose Pinongan

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