I MUST INCREASE, so that he may increase!
The reasoning goes something like this… If I know I have important things to say and I am going to get others to listen to me, then they have to want to listen to me. In order for them to want to listen to me, I have to be someone they want to listen to. It is important therefore, that I sell myself via writing books, blogging, tweeting, preaching, etc., so I can get the message out. My ministry needs attention so I can more fully minister. I need Klout to kick it into high gear. I have to get street cred to go out into the streets. And, of course, it’s really Jesus’ message and mission, so the end justifies the means.
in order to help others follow Jesus?
Take John the baptizer for example, ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make ready the way of the Lord, make His paths straight!” (Matt. 11:9-11, Matt. 3:3, Mark 1:1-3, Matt. 11:10, John 1:23, and Isaiah 40:3) Didn’t John make a name for himself before he was considered credible to make a name for Jesus?
Is there any warrant for self-promotion in order to make a Jesus proclamation?
Some may respond with a resounding “NO!” to both questions, and they may be right. Others may say “YES,” with confidence because they know that it is for the “greater good.” Still others, and I think most would say both “yes & no,” but there needs to be a balance. After all, Christ must increase as we decrease right?
But in order to reach the Social Networking World, I have to develop a following, don’t I?
Look how many people use the internet and engage on facebook, twitter, google+. Look how many are listening to podcasts and reading blogs and sharing pictures to positively affect people for the Lord. How can I not enter this world and do my part? The more facebook, twitter, and linked in friends I have, the more people I can reach for Jesus, RIGHT?
So, what’s the answer? If yes, then how do we do it biblically? If no, then why not?
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