Today’s Word from Deacon Amy…
If you’ve spent any time on Facebook or Instagram, you probably know what a meme is. Memes have become a form of communication in our culture, especially popular among younger generations. Dictionary.com defines a meme as, “a cultural item in the form of an image, video, phrase, etc., that is spread via the Internet and often altered in a creative or
Many of the most popular memes are humorous. Memes tend to take something from popular culture or current events, add a funny line to it, and send it out into the world via the internet. It’s amazing how quickly memes can travel, and how far they can go. There are entire web sites and social media groups devoted to sharing memes.
Comfort can also be found via meme. Sometimes memes don’t have pictures – just thought-provoking text. Although social media and email streams can be full of negative news right now, I’m finding joy and comfort in some of the uplifting memes that are being passed around. Sometimes, we can even find good theology in these popular images.
There is also a Christian side to meme culture. Mystery artists somewhere out there are taking popular images from Christian art, or creating new images of their own, and adding thoughtful and inspirational messages to them. Memes are quick reads, and easily shared. This can be a simple and powerful way to spread the Good News!
Memes can be used to share opinions, advice, and theology. They can bring on a smile, encourage laughter, lift someone’s spirits, or bring comfort on a gray day. Memes can also call us to action.
Simple reminders of the limitless love that Jesus taught are just a click away. Feel free to share!
Love & Blessings,