Since 1991, people have been able to communicate with each other through computers. At that time, people only dreamed of a smart phone. In the late 90s, different messenger services appeared. By the early 2000s, social media platforms like MySpace (2003) and Facebook (2004) were launched. More recently, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat have engaged us.
Many people have transitioned from having a few verbal, audible conversations a day to thousands of connections through social media. The nature of a plane ride, a bus ride, or a skytrain commute has changed dramatically. Instead of long conversations and relationship building, we often find ourselves looking down at our phones immersed in a virtual world.
How do we engage in authentic relationships in the church family today? Where do we find the resources to relate with others in a meaningful, significant manner?