The Power of True Stories
Facebook badges have been a proven way to get a response. How many of us have seen a badge—a little red circle—on a phone app and automatically clicked it in order to see what the notification is and have it clear?
Other badges given like “Visual Storyteller” or “Link Curator” have been placed next to our names when posting content to Facebook pages. These badges are given based on the number of comments we evoke after posting consistently to our page.
But what does it really mean to be a visual storyteller? As creatives that follow Christ is it meant to simply be a way to gain or maintain a badge of being “relevant” on a social media platform or is it meant to be something else?
When Marshal McLuhan said that “the media is the message,” that gave many believers pause to realize that our faith is so much more than what can be proclaimed in the social sphere. In fact, unless the practice of our faith takes place in our own home, then the practice of our faith in the community can be called into question.
In fact, unless the practice of our faith takes place in our own home, then the practice of our faith in the community can be called into question.
During this time of physical distancing, it’s given many of us more time to really focus on prayer, worship, and reading the Word at home and more purposeful communication with our church fellowships and loved ones online.
Time to Listen
Perhaps now is our opportunity to listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying to us regarding our message to the world and how to say our message in the social media community.
What messages are we giving when we use social media? Is it to inform or promote? Is it to get others to agree with or disagree with us? Is it about us or is it about Jesus?
We can always look for insight from the Spirit and the Word. The Apostle Paul said in his letter to the Philippians, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” [Philippians 4:8]
The amazing thing is that God’s message is not restricted to only the message of the gospel. There are plenty of things in our lives that are true and worth sharing and encouraging others to think about. His creation is true, and so is the proven science that reveals a part of it.
Now that we are all “Visual Storytellers,” christened by a social media platform, let’s not take our ability to speak in the social media community more highly than the true message we have to say.
- Wendy H.