THFC140113 — Snap Chat is not the devil

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On today’s Tech Help for Churches: Snapchat is not the devil

For some reason, Christians often see the Devil in everything, everywhere. While it might be the case that the enemy is looking to cause trouble, I don’t think he’s everywhere we fear he is.

In Wesleyan theology, the concept of God working in various places you wouldn’t expect, drawing people to Himself is called “prevenient grace.”

I think we should balance the idea that there is evil all around us with the idea that God is trying to bring it all to redemption.

The tools that people use for good may often be used for ill and vice versa. It’s not the tool’s fault.

Snapchat is a tool that kids tend to use to share funny, random pictures. Can they use it for inappropriate ones? Yes. Do all of those teens make that mistake? No.

The solution isn’t to freak out about the tool, but to educate people not to make the mistakes that make them vulnerable to regret later.

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Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div.

Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div. has been a tech volunteer with Quest Community Church in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of TrinityDigitalMedia.com, llc. He became part of the technology in ministry team when his church’s attendance was around 200 in one Sunday service and has witnessed it’s growth to 5,200 average weekly attendance in one Saturday service, four Sunday services in one online and two physical campuses. He literally wrote the book on podcasting in churches, twitter in churches, & servant-hearted volunteering, as well as writing various articles for publications like “Church Production” and “Technologies for Worship” magazines.