Additionally, amidst all of the cuteness it seems that the darkest aspects of culture capitalized quickly on this new technology. Apparently, someone at Vine headquarters inadvertently placed a pornographic clip in the editor’s choice selection. Thankfully, apple and Facebook responded quickly to the snafu, pulling Vine out of their spotlight. Hopefully, the Vine developers responded quickly and sufficiently enough in developing a filtering system to keep the technology from being forever hijacked. Time will tell.
If the technology survives, continues to ward off offensive content and continues to gain interest, we must answer the question, “Can this technology be redeemed for ministry purposes”. Here are a few potential positive aspects of the Vine App that can help us answer that question.
- It is effective for showing works in progress - Imagine the projects we tackle in the context of the church on a particular week: It could be a food drive, building a set, shooting a video, rehearsing a band, anything. Catch 6 seconds of the task at hand and show it to your audience. This may be enough to spark some interest and both energize and grow your volunteer base.
- You can capture a move of God. Can you imagine what it would be like to have 6 seconds of Jesus feeding the 5,000? A sack-lunch becomes a buffet in time-lapse videography. I can imagine using vine to capture 6 seconds of worship, a time of prayer, a sermon.
- We can remind people of truth - We have all benefited from truth in 140 characters or less. What if we used vine to preach 6 second sermons? Ok, forget that one – 6 seconds is ridiculous.
- It’s helpful for ladies ministry. Like Pinterest (a social network I refuse to surrender my man-card for.), this may help us target and minister to ladies more effectively.
- Simple reality can be very helpful. Most reality shows are anything but real, however might it be helpful to see a mother play with her kids, a husband picking up groceries for his wife, a child doing chores around the house? Are these simple acts not also the most practical expressions of our relationship with Christ?
- The Gospel can be shared in 6 seconds or less – The full, expansive, detailed Gospel presentation takes some time. We must ground one in the context of scripture and bring the scripture into the context of their life. There must be a basic understand of the nature of God, man, sin, holiness, redemption, substitution, repentance, faith, etc. However, the actual birthing of a new soul is sudden. In 6 seconds, what aspect of the Gospel can be communicated, reinforced, planted?
Time will tell if this new app is going to spread throughout the culture. Chances are, coming from twitter, it will. Let’s try to redeem the technology, for the days are few.