By Andy Hale
I have, from time-to-time over the last few years, had some glorious rants on social media. I try to state clearly what my convictions are and the theological implications behind them.
Yet, a curious thing has happened almost every time. The likes and shares go up while the unfriending or unfollowing occur. In other words, I might say something that resonates with many, while losing the ear of and connection with someone who doesn’t agree with me.
Maybe I’ve taken too many lessons from Simon Pegg’s “How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.” Somewhere Dale Carnegie is rolling in his grave.
I’ll admit that as much as a release as it is to speak my mind about a particular matter with such zeal and conviction, it might not be the most pastoral way to communicate the dissonance I am feeling.
“Sometimes speaking out is dangerous and silence is a matter of self-preservation,” said Kathy Khang, author of Raise Your Voice: Why We Stay Silent and How to Speak Up.
We sat down with the Sojourners magazine journalist and activist to discuss her latest books, as well as mistakes and victories in the age of the social media platform.
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Andy Hale created and hosts the podcast of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Hale is the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following eight years as the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton and five years as CBF’s church start specialist. Follow on Twitter @haleandy