We humans are social creatures. Actually, we are driven to be social. In a different day the front porch or the street corner were places to socialize. With the age of electronic communication the front porch became virtual. For a while email was the social choice. But email was specific, you wrote to a particular person of group of persons. Email turned out to be not very social. Then, one bright young man figured how to create a virtual front porch. He called it Facebook.
Now, you can say whatever is on your mind to everyone or to no one in particular. You just hang out on the virtual front porch. People can stop and listen or keep going. The electronic social network was born.
Like any other human convention, the value of social networks lies in how much God is valued by those who use the network. I realize when a statement like this is made things can seem a little crazy. Someone is thinking, oh great, he wants me to post all my pastor's sermons in my status updates. Someone else is thinking this means they can only post Bible verses or share tracts. But none of these are the reason for my statement.
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