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Why The Apostle Paul Would Have Been A Blogger

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[guestpost]This is a guest post from Jason Soto, blogger at Comments On Christianity. If you visit his site you can download his book “The Fatherhood of God”.[/guestpost]

Imagine, for a second, that the Apostle Paul was around today…You with me? What Do you think Paul would do today? Well, I know it might sound a bit crazy but I’m certain he would be a blogger. Before you burn me at the stake let me tell you why.

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The Internet Changed Communication

The day the Internet was developed the world became a different place. Not all at once, but one connected user at a time all over the globe. Now we live in a world where anyone with a computer and an Internet connection can have a voice.

Since I started my blog last September, I’ve been amazed at the reach my voice has through the medium of blogging. I talk with people literally from around the world. I reach them in their homes, their cafés, their mobile phones and tablets.

And I’m using my voice to spread the best message I know: the life-changing good news of salvation found only in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Paul used the power of written words to carry the gospel to places he couldn’t personally travel. He used every tool he could find to reach people where they were and communicate to them about Jesus.

If Paul had a computer and an Internet connection, he wouldn’t be able to resist the communicative power of blogging. Of course, Paul didn’t just send one type of letter and in the same way he wouldn’t just write one type of blog post. Here are ways the Apostle Paul would blog (and use social media too.)

Regular Articles

He would post thought-provoking articles and write often. Sure there would be the occasional long email to a person like Titus or Timothy. But most of his communication on the Internet would be to the open world of readers.

The majority of his writings were written to entire communities of churches. Rome, Corinth, Galatia, Ephesus, Philippi, Colossae, and Thessalonica (phew!) all held Christian communities that Paul had a message for.

He didn’t let distance separate him from his message. Written words traveled where he physically could not be. In fact, his letters went viral.

Thoughtful Replies

Paul would leave good replies to people who would comment on his blog.

He wrote a number of letters to the church in Corinth. 1 & 2 Corinthians are replies to matters that Paul heard about.

“I wrote to you in a letter not to associate with… But now I am writing you…” (1 Cor. 5:9, 11)

Paul loved the church, and didn’t pass up the opportunity to give a thoughtful reply to members of God’s community. He would see the comments on his articles as opportunities to loving correct and encourage believers.

Shout Outs on Social Media

Paul would point people out in his letters that he wanted to give a special message to. Romans chapter 16 has a long list of church members he’s greeting. The Apostle would deeply enjoy Twitter.

Today it’s much easier to send a tweet to a person than leave a thank you buried in a long letter. Instead of Romans 16:3-6, his tweet might look like this:

“#Greetings @Prisca @Aquila great coworkers in #Christ! Say hi to the church in your home. @Epaenetus stay strong brother! @Mary hard worker!”

He would love the instant opportunity to thank people who’ve been helpful to him.

Photos and Video Blogging

Paul wouldn’t be able to resist the powerful tools of photography and video.

There he would be in the middle of Athens walking around with his iPhone (because of course Paul would be a huge Apple fan) taking photos of the numerous idols in the city.

Posing for his selfie in front of the altar to the unknown god, he would quickly begin recording his comments.

“What you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it…” Acts 17:23-24

Are You Sharing The Gospel Like Paul?

Communication is amazing today! The gospel can be spread to the ends of the earth instantly through the web. Use the voice that you have to tell people everywhere about Jesus just as Paul would.

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16 Replies

  1. and the church said amen! I began blogging last year because I felt God was leading me…but I still felt apprehensive….with your post today, I can really see the true importance of why God has been not just leading me, but thousands of others to shout his glory to the world! Very good post Jason! (are you sure Paul would be an apple fan? 🙂

    1. What I love about Christian blogging is that it doesn’t have the criteria that sometimes blocks people from doing ministry. To blog you don’t have to go through some membership classes or time in seminary. All you need is a computer, internet, faith in Christ, and a passion for communicating about Him.

      And I can’t imagine that Paul would have an Android phone. 😀 The real question is, what apps would he use? Hmmm….

  2. Great post!
    We need to realize the power of our words and the various outlets available to us to spread God’s love.
    We have a responsibility, as Christians, to use our time and resources wisely. Social media can be great at building God’s kingdom, sadly many use it to tear others down instead of build them up.

    1. Bringing up the time we have is so important. I heard it said recently that money is just a tool; time is our real currency. In Jesus’ Parable of the Talents (Matt 25:14-30), we need to be like those who invested what the Master had given them. They took advantage of opportunity during the window of time they had.

      Communicate the gospel with every means necessary. For some, you may be the only Bible they will ever read. Live your life for Christ daily and let your light shine. Thanks for your comment TC!

  3. Great post… (No burning at the stake for you!) As you point out, writing is what Paul did as part of his everyday life. It was the everyday talent God turned into a holy gift to spread his word.
    Why do we so often overlook our everyday gifts when searching for ways to serve God?

    It’s God in our everyday lives that we write about at http://www.everydayservant.com.

    Glad I found your blog. I’ll be back. (Your sample tweet from Paul is hilarious -and rings true).

    1. Thanks for not burning me at the stake 🙂 Writing gives us an opportunity to thoughtfully communicate Christianity with others. The Holy Spirit used Paul and his commitment to writing to spread a well thought-out, clear message about Christ. Thanks also for sharing your blog and your commitment to communicating about Jesus with others.

  4. I’d have to agree with you Chris. The apostle Paul would probably blog if he lived in our day…any way to get the gospel out there. The internet is the new Roman Road, Pax Romana or the Roman Peace of our time is that we can blog in the comfort and safety of our own homes, and English (or a hand-held translator) gives us the common language that connects us all globally. We have the same three channels now in which to spread the gospel as Paul did in his time. All the tech just makes it look a little different.

    1. Chanda this was a post by Jason not me 🙂 But thanks for thinking I would write something as good as this.

      1. I see it now…the top margin…so sorry I didn’t give credit where credit is due…Great post, Jason!

        1. Great analogy with the Pax Romana allowing a flow of communication to spread the gospel. We need to embrace all of the communication tech available (especially since so many people exist in their gadgets now). Thanks for the compliment Chris 🙂

        2. Thank you for your compliment as well Chanda 🙂

  5. Thank you for this great and thought provoking, also funny, post. I agree with you, Apostle Paul would definedly be a Blogger. He would hang out in G+ and tweet his thrubs sore. I’m sure he would have a Facebook page and group also, and he would comment in different groups, too. But blogging would be his true calling. And I would love to be his follower in Youtube. Imagine those sermons!

  6. Love this article! I completely agree with you. I started making YouTube videos recently (which I love!) and although I will keep blogging, I’ve been thinking along the same lines as what you are saying here, that we can and should communicate the Gospel by any and all means possible. Amen!

    And of course, the Apostle Paul would have been an Apple fan. No doubt. 🙂

  7. Love your approach to this post Jason. Im pretty convinced Paul would’ve blogged too 🙂

  8. Good job Jason, well written too. I just love the Apostle Paul and agree that he would have been a blogger. I guess he was. He loved to write and express himself while teaching others the best news. Isnt it amazing how biblical happenings can fit in so perfectly with our lives today. God is such a Wisdom Hub. Thank You and keep teaching and spreading the GOODNEWS!

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