Our associate pastor recently said for many of us what we’d all been thinking and feeling: the rancor and overexposure and pettiness of social media — heavier than ever, and as often from Christ followers as from others — was getting him down. The message certainly resonated with me, as I’d been sucked into exchanges with friends, family members and distant associates alike over the recent Supreme Court decision for Hobby Lobby. Confused, bitter and hurt, I wanted to withdraw, lick my wounds and perhaps never return …
Also tempted to quit, Rev. Troy instead challenged himself, and the congregation, to turn up the dimmer switch on our lights instead of retreating from the darkness. The rules of his challenge are simple: At least once a day, use a social network to be humorous-but-tactful; to encourage others; to share scripture about God’s goodness; or to share the Gospel.
So at risk of explaining the joke, here’s a go at what tickled me as funny that will maybe encourage you: when I first read the instruction to mark each post with the hashtag #cc-beencouraged, I read it as “been couraged”” instead of “be encouraged!” On reflection, though, I think there’s every bit as powerful a Gospel message in the mis-read as there is in the original. My faith has driven fear far away, replacing it with courage that comes from the confidence of being in His eternal care.
While I’ll have to work harder on being encouraged this summer, I’m pretty blitzed to simply have been couraged right now.
Watch for the hashtag #cc-beencouraged for more, and feel free to give the challenge a try yourself!
The Faith Deconstructed category offers an occasionally thoughtful, sometimes glib, always faithful look at today’s Christianity, from the perspective of a reformed skeptic.