“St. Paul knew that to preach in person is best. However, he also realised that a letter read in a church assembly and then repeatedly copied is more effective in spreading the message of Christ. St. Paul explicitly encouraged this practice of reduplication in his letter to the Colossians:
‘And when this letter has been read among you, have it read also in the Church of the Laodiceans; and see that you read also the letter from Laodicea’ [Colossians 4:16]“
from the book ‘The Church and New Media’ by Brandon Vogt
Paul didn’t use the term media, he didn’t have newspapers let alone television or the internet…..
But, Paul knew how important it was to share the message about Jesus and to encourage the saints in other locations………he knew about getting a message to ‘go viral’……he may just be the greatest social-media success of all time!
As much as I hate it and cringe a little when people suggest what Paul – or Jesus for that matter – would approve of in our modern day culture……I reckon Paul would be all over social-media……sharing the good news……..wrestling with how the Church/Christians use and abuse it…….writing a blog post/facebook update or series of tweets encouraging us……or perhaps rebuking us for our mis-use of it on account of our sinful nature……..then urging us to re-blog, re-share and re-tweet that message!
Paul was all about the Gospel, the good news…….he didn’t warn us about the perils of writing letters, rolling up scrolls or finding the best ink…….he was all about the message!
So, i’m pondering how we [you and me] can be more about…….and, should be all about the message…….