There is a fine line to walk as a social media minister. On one side is a love and passion for truth and the other is a desire for success and popularity. It would be a lie for me or anyone who creates content online to take a pious route and say that we don’t, in some manner, desire success. I think it’s also fair to say that most of the popular social media ministers didn’t start out with bad intentions.
When I created TDC my motives were almost selfish. I say almost selfish because they weren’t purely selfish, they were just “kind of”. I have always been the type to learn the most through challenge and adversity. It was through sharing my Christian journey online in April, 2000 that I grew in knowledge and experience the most. People would read what I wrote and ask questions or submit objections. I would take those questions and objections and go learn the answer to them. This continued for a time, until I met my wife and then marriage and the like took over.
So, creating The Dirty Christian was something that I wanted to do to keep me challenged and growing in the faith. I didn’t know what it would be, or if it would be anything at all. I had a small amount of success in my early years, but I was entering a market saturated with Facebook preachers and
profits “prophets”. Is there anything I could say or do that was different? Were the differences rational and truthful?
What happened was quite unexpected. I connected with the Christian Memes page who shared a post of mine and voila, explosion! Suddenly I was exposed to popularity, which I wasn’t ready for and yeah, it got to my head. Not in a way that caused me to start asking for money or trying to gain something, but in a way that I couldn’t be wrong. Don’t fret though, God debased me. What was purposed for evil, God used for good. TDC was shut down suddenly and my life came to a screeching halt.
Fast forward about half a year and here I am. A quarter of the following I had before and more peace of mind and contentment than I had ever had. I realized that I didn’t need the approval of others, and when I start thinking I do, I need to step back, take a break and reassess my priorities. See, the Gospel is offensive, and if the message you are preaching doesn’t offend, then it’s not the Gospel.
It’s not about scaring people to think Satan is winning the war on
Starbucks God, or that the government is going to fall apart. It’s not about Target and the gender neutral bathrooms, it’s about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the truth of scripture being made known to as many that will hear. If you go to a page or site and the very first thing you see is a book for sale or a Patreon link, turn around and don’t look back. Those people are not interested in the Gospel, but instead your money.
This is why I need a break, to make sure my motives are pure and that my intentions are truly toward discipleship.