Age of Accountability

We live in an era that demands just decision-making. We’re in an age where the weak can speak up on occasion. And the world is asking a lot of questions about…well, stuff that never used to get questioned.

Look at some of the biggest events on the web this year.

  • Cairo, Egypt. In January 2011, an uprising begins to form which results in the ousting of a President (Hosni Mubarak), an unprecedented outcome in thousands of years of Egyptian civilization.
  • Occupy Wall Street. People get inspired by what happens in Egypt and begin to protest the richest in the nation, arguing that the rest of the American population must have a voice in the direction of the country.
  • Penn State. No one saw this coming…well, except for a few whose careers are now over, as well as the lives ruined.

In each of these recent implosions, a person, corporation, or company is being made accountable, after being fueled by a firestorm of social media.

For example…

Without arguing whether the results or methods of these outbursts are right, I do want to call attention to the organizational power of social media to bring people to a new level of accountability.

I’ve already remarked on ways social media can aid a Christian being on mission.

Are there any ways we can redeem the powerful influence of social media? Should we even try?

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Lazo is the pastor for preaching and vision at Reality SB. He is committed to spreading the value of our union with Christ in Santa Barbara, through the expository preaching of God's Word. You might like these blog posts, 5 Wrong Ways To Comfort Hurting People, or Daisy Love and the Magic Eraser. You can follow Chris on twitter at @LazoChris.

Posted on December 6, 2011, in Church, community, Missional Millennials and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I think blogs and other social media open up new vistas in verses like Romans10:18 – “But I say, Have they not heard? Yes surely: Their voice has gone out into all the earth and their words to the ends of the inhabited earth.”

    I’ve talked about blogs in this light here: http://lifeandbuilding.com/2011/08/06/what-matters/

    • I agree. Yet at the same time, have notices that evangelism sours when you remove the relationship element from it (e.g. street preaching). I can see social media having the same effect.

      I am interested in how it can be used by Christians for the betterment of society. Not only would that leverage technology for the good of humanity, but it would open wide doors for relational evangelism.

      Thanks Kyle.

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