“Slacktivism” is a slang word created by combining two other words, “slacker” and “activism.” It is a word used to describe the growing trend of using social media to declare an opinion about a political issue or a social justice cause without really doing much to advance that issue or cause. By “tweeting” my opinion or “liking” someone else’s opinion on Facebook, we can create a sense of satisfaction that we have done something significant to support a cause, when in reality we haven’t done very much at all. Listen to the June 10 sermon, “The Action Test.”
There is nothing wrong with using social media to raise awareness about issues that matter to us, but we must not stop there. There is a difference between tweeting an opinion and investing your life. In the Epistle of James, we are told that “faith without works is dead” (James 2:26). The idea James is communicating is that to say we “believe” in Jesus or to say we have “faith” in God means very little if we do not back it up with action.
There is a difference between having an opinion and being captivated by a conviction. An opinion is something you hold, but a conviction is something that holds you. A conviction leads to action. How are you doing in living out your convictions these days? Do your deeds match your creeds? Put your beliefs into action, and you’ll experience the true power of faith.
Pastor Mark Miller