24 And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
As the date moves closer to the special session of General Conference, we continue to reflect on what it means to be in community with one another. Click here if you would like to learn more about the Commission on a Way Forward. A new job title is becoming a prominent for contestants on the Bachelor franchises is "Influencer." Sometimes it is referred to as Social Media Influencer. These are people who create a social media persona, primarily through Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat, and then use that profile to promote various products. In addition to promoting products, they also often post with words of encouragement or about promoting well being. The idea of an Influencer intrigues me, because as we become more innovated with technological communities, like Facebook and Instagram, the more those communities affect how we as individuals and as a community function. When we spend time engaging with polarizing behaviors online, then our perception of people begins to change as well. As a Christian community, we are called to be a people that lift each other up and better one another. As Hebrews says, we should be provoking one another to love and do good deeds, not to attack or isolate. How we treat one another directly affects how we influence one another. Our Christian community has changed with technology. We are still a community that meets in person, but we are also a community that is represented online. In all aspects of our lives, we are all called to represent this community centered around Christ's love. Meaning, rather than posting to provoke arguments, we are called to create content that shares love, peace, and understanding. May we be Influencers of love and grace as we continue to learn how best to be a community of Christ.
Blessings, Pastor Caitlyn