(Recently I had the opportunity to write an article for the Good Neighbor magazine, a publication of Radio Bible Hour, Inc., that discussed the incredible blessing Christians have in the modern age to share the gospel through technology. I hope you enjoy it.)
If you had the opportunity to share the gospel with all your friends, family, and thousands of strangers in one click of a computer mouse, would you?
Hi. My name is Rev. Scott Ingram and I have been blessed to serve as a director of Social Media for Radio Bible Hour for the past few years. If anyone understands the power of sharing, it is a social media director. Social media outlets (such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn) thrive on the desire that people will want to share something with others.
Social media is powerful even if it only seems that it just allows people to share their family photos, their thoughts on politics, and their meals! Seventy percent of Facebook users say they use the that platform daily and more than half of internet users (52%) use two or more social media sites according to Pew Research in 2013. I would say those numbers have increased significantly since that survey.
Social media has become such an integral part of our culture that it has become a common practice for people to make arrangements for their Facebook account to be updated with a special status after their death! Since I began using social media in the early 2000s, I have seen many on my friend’s list pass away. Our social media presence is something that we all need to consider in this modern age.
Seeing that we can now “choose” our last words, it would be wise to consider them. In the past, last words couldn’t necessarily be very well thought out beforehand such as the author H. G. Wells’ last words when he said “Go away: I’m alright.” My hope is that when it comes time to share my final “post” it will encourage and inspire those around me just as president Andrew Jackson’s last words were meant to encourage his children, “My dear children, do not grieve for me . . . I am my God’s. I belong to Him. I go but a short time before you, and… I hope and trust to meet you all in heaven.”
Jesus knew very well what His last words would be to His church. He knew them from before time began. Those words were spoken before our Lord ascended into Heaven and are recorded in Mark 16:15-16, Luke 24:44-49, Matthew 28:19-20, and Acts 1:8. We read in these passages that we are commanded by Christ to “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” and, in case there be any confusion, that preaching was to include “repentance and remission of sins” and a command to teach “them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.” Jesus Himself has literally commanded us across the centuries to “be witnesses” all the way to “the uttermost part of the earth!” How are you handling that charge in your life?
Today, this Great Commission of Christ can be accomplished by us, in part, thanks to technology. I asked God to reveal to me how I could share the gospel more efficiently many years before working at Radio Bible Hour and social media is a perfect platform. Just sharing a bible verse on your page can reach someone with a message others may never see because they never open a Bible or attend a church. Are you praying about how you are presenting the gospel on the Internet?
Radio Bible Hour’s presence on the world wide web consists of ..
- A Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Radiobiblehour/),
- A Twitter account (twitter.com/RadioBibleHour),
- A LinkedIn account (www.linkedin.com/company/radio-bible-hour)
- and a website (www.radiobiblehour.org/).
Also, our TV program, Today with Christ, has its own
- Facebook page (www.facebook.com/todaywithchrist/) and
- YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/c/RadioBibleHour).
As of this writing, we currently have 654 likes for our RBH FB page and Today with Christ’s FB page has 853 likes. Our YouTube channel has 185 subscribers and is growing weekly. We are doing everything we can to get the gospel message out across the Web!
Several months ago, I began to pray about how we could reach even further into the internet with the gospel message. Since then, God has since blessed us with people who have literally given us access to their Facebook pages and groups to share our radio and TV programs. One group is based in the Philippines and has 16,496 members! When I share our YouTube videos through that group, we are able to minister to people across the world! After that blessing, another lady allowed me to serve as an administrator for her FB page that has over 21,000 likes! God is using these tools of technology to fulfil His Great Commission here at Radio Bible Hour.
Getting the gospel out isn’t just something that a media ministry can accomplish on its own. We need people on the other end of the screens to share these messages once they are placed on the internet. Are you willing to use this new tool to present the ancient message of salvation? Will you share, like, and comment on our various social media posts and pages to help us share the message? By doing this, you will push them further out to those who need to hear them. Each interaction pushes the message to the top of news feeds on the various platforms. This may be the only way your family and friends will have an opportunity to see and hear the gospel! The hour is late and Jesus has given us a tool to literally “preach the gospel to every creature!” All you have to do is click “share.” Will you help us by using the power of the share?
To God be the Glory,
Pastor Scott Ingram