Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved. Acts 2:46-47 (NRSV)
A big part of the efficacy and power of the early church was that its participants spent a great deal of time together. They met together, shared meals, cared for one another. Most of us living in the 21st century in the United States would not find such a lifestyle practical (although many within the new monastic movement, including the simple way, are experimenting with just that).
Lately, I have been wondering how technology might nudge us toward “spending much time together.” There is much to critique in the virtual world. It can be used to waste time, bully or exploit others, or keep us from more interactive, face to face relationships. However, I am wondering if this tool could also be used in positive, life-giving ways. The possibilities are many. Our Facebook page could be used for sharing prayer requests and encouraging one another. We could have small groups that meet on line. A group that meets at the church at 6:30 for an hour and a half might be difficult for some, but a group that meets by video chat at 9:00 for a half hour after the kids are put to bed and the dishes washed might be more convenient.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this. Can you imagine yourself being more active in community here on the internet? Would that even be community for you?
You may respond here or on our Facebook page. Speaking of our Facebook page, make sure you check it out every once in a while. Unfortunately, the way Facebook works is that even if you “Like” and “Follow” out page, you will not see everything that is posted there. If you go to the page itself, you’ll see everything posted. While you are there, you can comment on posts and share posts that you think your friends will appreciate. That will make our page more visible to others.
I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts and spending time together, if not in the temple, then here!