I decided to watch Season 3 of The Newsroom recently and while I was somewhat disinterested (I loved Season 1 & 2 but honestly kind of forgot about the show itself) my wife was psyched to watch it and the overall theme really hit home for me. To summarize, writer/director Aaron Sorkin used the episode to blast the professional news industry for relying on crowd sourcing, social media, and “the faceless mob”(that is Facebook & Twitter) to be the source behind “facts” spread through broadcast journalism worldwide. The way information travels through these mediums often goes unchecked, unbalanced, and can often be downright untrue.
Sadly, this is too often the case in Christian circles as well.
Everyday my Facebook feed gets more negative, more hateful and more destructive. The worst part is that probably 75% of these people are Christians. When did we get so anti? The attacks on other churches, ministries, bands, artists and pastors alike have honestly gotten unbearable, and if I can be “that guy”for just a minute, its gotten borderline sinful.
So if you are a blogger, run social media for a local church, or just love to post some daily snark to your FB and Twitter page, heres 5 reasons to throw Hillsong under the proverbial bus:
1. Putting “Hillsong” in Your Title Will Draw More Attention
If your goal is attracting “likes” and “christian” followers, just put “Hillsong” in as a buzzword. Follow it up with words like “scandal”, “unbibical”, “heretical” to maximize negative OR positive response depending on your audience.
2. It Stirs the Conversation
The pot always needs a little stirring right? Negative, positive, who cares?(Although, lets be real, its mostly negative). Let the world know that Christians aren’t really all on the same team, and its better to prove a point then to show love or grace. Remember what your mom always said, “If you don’t have something nice to say, you should probably blog about it”.
3. Use it as a Way to Show How Spiritual You Are
We all know the best way to prove your christian ranking is to publicly call out another church or ministry for all the ways they have fallen short in your eyes. Its your duty as a follower of Jesus to go to your brother(publicly) and confront them(on Facebook) if their theology doesn’t specifically line up with your personal interpretation.
4. It’s Cool to Be “Anti”
The top trend these days is to write a “why I don’t _______” blog or post. Its just cool! It makes you seem different, like you really have original thoughts and opinions. “Why I don’t sing Hillsong at my church”, “Why I don’t like Brian Houston” or even “Why I hate that Hillsong is compromising their beliefs”. Realize none of it has to be based on fact, just your opinion. Don’t forget, Its more important for your views to be heard then for the information to be accurate.
5. What Hillsong Doesn’t Know Can’t Hurt Them
“Hillsong is never even gonna see this” should be your mantra. After all, they are Hillsong! There’s a fricken’ movie coming about about them, who better to throw stones at right? My post or blog will never even be seen by them, and its not gossip, slander, or even hurtful if I don’t actually know the person. At the end of the day, its not like we are all supposed to be brothers in Christ or anything.
This really has nothing to do with what I think about Hillsong(I’m excited to read comments like “This guy just loves Hillsong blah blah blah”). This is about all of us. Its about taking responsibility for our words and actions on social media. Its about using the tools placed in front of us for building up not tearing down. Its about restoring the gifts of laughter, satire, and humor to be something positive, loving and joyful again. Lets get better. Lets change the future. Let’s be good again.