Join Pastor Mech in the Church Fellowship Hall each Sunday morning for the Fellowship Bible Study. This group of nearly 50 adults enjoy learning together about a variety of topics throughout the year. The class is open to all adults, and is held between the two Sunday services from 9:20 to 10:20 am. Bring a Bible along if you like, pour a cup of coffee and have a seat! Details of the current topic are found below.
Christians And Social Media
ABOUT THIS STUDY
What about social media use? How do Christians use media wisely? The CTCR (Commission on Theology and Church Relations) of our Lutheran church body did a theological study on this topic earlier this year. Pastor Mech will use portions of this study and several passages of Scripture to lead the class through a thoughtful examination of the plusses and minuses of social media in the world that we live in. The CTCR report is entitled A Snapshot of Trending Tools: Christians and Social Media. Just click the link to download and read it for yourself.
Commenting on the new report, CTCR Executive Director Rev. Dr. Joel Lehenbauer said, “Lutherans have always been open to the constructive use of new technologies for sharing the never-changing truths of God’s Word — think of Luther and the printing press!
“At the same time, Lutherans are clear-eyed about the power of sin, the world and Satan, and are therefore realistic and necessarily critical about how such technologies can be twisted and misused.
“Social media is a prime example of this and is also evolving and developing (in both good and bad ways). The CTCR’s report, therefore, is hardly the final word on this topic — note the term ‘snapshot’ in the report’s title — and yet the theological truths and principles it articulates are timeless, not merely ‘trending.’
“The CTCR hopes that this report is useful as a part of a larger, ongoing conversation on this very timely and important topic. It has also prepared and designed this report in such a way that positions the Commission itself to address additional aspects of this issue as they may arise in the future.”
The social media report begins with an introduction that provides a working definition of the term “social media” and lays out the scope of the report, which seeks to consider how Christians can “best use — or, if necessary, avoid the use of — this technology to glorify our God and Savior, build up the Body of Christ and extend His kingdom in the world.”
Additional sections of the report consider questions of:
- “trolls” and “fake news”;
- podcasts and blogs;
- knowledge and authority;
- the capacity of social media for influencing thought, both negatively and positively;
- social media’s propensity to turn people inward and provide occasions for sin; and
- the concept of vocation as a useful framework for approaching one’s social media use.
Also included is a consideration of each of the Ten Commandments in light of its implications for social media.
For example, the report asks, “How might social media become an idol?” and “How might your social media use lead you to hate others, even your brothers and sisters in Christ?”
The report concludes by quoting Luther, who entreated Christians to use any tool “just as you would want your neighbor to use his property in his relations with you.”
From the May 29, 2019 article entitled, CTCR report looks at ‘Christians and Social Media’ found in The Reporter, the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod‘s official newspaper.