During the month of August, our entire family participated in a “Social Media Fast”. This came out of our sabbatical time in July. We saw that our family had become disconnected from each other and we were obsessed…. Most evenings consisted of our entire family sitting around on a device “blowing our horn”. We realized that this was not healthy.
One thing that I realized while off of social media this past month was how many people, including pastors, use social media to publicize what “God is doing” in their life and ministry in reality it is simply a “Self Promotion” strategy. Let me give you an example:
This past Sunday was Labor Day Weekend and it is typically a very low Sunday at most churches due to travel and family outings. Our church plant is about 2 years old and our attendance was way off. In fact, we had 81 people. I actually felt pretty good when I was told what our attendance was because I had prepared myself for 40 people… I began to read twitter on the way home from church while my 15 year old son was driving. I read where pastor after pastor talked about how their churches were full and people received Christ, people where baptized, overflow rooms where full, altars were full, people were getting happy… and babies were being tossed out of the balconies!! No, not really but the comments were pretty extreme.
Now, I know as a pastor that we get excited when our attendance is good and people’s lives are changed by the Gospel, but I believe a lot of people and pastors are just “blowing their own horn” instead of giving God glory! Social Media has given an outlet for pastors to lick their prideful lips and begin to toot their horns as loud and as much as they want.
As a pastor of a small church plant with very few people, sometimes I feel like a failure when I read comments on Social Media from other pastors. When I think back over my week last week, I worked very hard at fulfilling my goals and calling. At times, I find myself licking my lips to blow my horn when God quickly challenges my motives when I start to post a tweet or post an update on social media.
What would happen if we would stop using social media as a place to “Blow our Horns” and start using it to encourage others and Exalt the Savior? Social Media can be a good thing but we must use it responsibly.
Finally, this morning I was sharing with my wife that I had heard that a pastor friend of mine was considering resigning his church. She said, “Wow… On Facebook, you would think the church was doing great and they are “Happy, Happy, Happy”. Her comment blew me away! Folks, lets don’t use social media to paint a picture that is not reality!
Trying Not to Lick My Prideful Lips,