Why The Apostle Paul Would Have Been A Blogger
[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.
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.)
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.
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.