The Church as a social object…

The official Blue MonsterBuilding on this thought from Hugh MacLeod regarding free cartoons as social objects…

His policy is simple.  He posts the cartoons.  If you like ’em, download ’em.  Print ’em out.  Put ’em on t-shirts.  In Powerpoint presentations.  Whatever.  Just don’t try to use them to make a buck.  Keep it personal.  Here’s his thoughts…

For example, in October, 2006 I post the Microsoft Blue Monster cartoon. Within a few months Microsoft is somehow paying me a lot of money to do other drawings for them. Without the former, the latter would never have happened. And without the latter, Sun Microsystems would never have approached me. Everything feeds into everything else. Exactly.

In other words, I don’t create the online cartoons as “products” to be sold. I create the cartoons as “Social Objects”, i.e. “Sharing Devices” that help me to build relationships with.

Instead of trying to control the “brand” and copyright issues, he has willingly offered it to the globe for the purpose of establishing relationships.  

As a church or ministry, we should position ourselves in much the same way.  What we do and who we are should be specifically targeted at building these same relationships. 

Much like the artwork, we have to think of God creating the church for the purpose of being a vehicle to establish connections with people.  The church was not built for it’s own purposes or for profit, but in the hopes that through it many will come to know God personally.  So often, I think it’s easy for us to focus on our own success or ideas than it is to center on fulfilling God’s purposes.  

The bonus being that we will see the kind of unforeseen results that Hugh describes.  One intentional act leads to a tremendous door of opportunity.  Which leads to additional fields of opportunity…

The question I continue to ask myself is, “How can I be big for God in someone else’s life?”  How can my relationship with God spill over in my life and begin to affect the dry and thirsty around me?

How can we become a better “social object” or “sharing device” for God?

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