Selfies are something I have written on previously. They are so much part of life today, that another piece on selfies will not hurt at all.
Selfies is now a main stream word in the lexicon of English words in recent times and given national significance by many of our politicians and celebrities. Everyone it seems is in on the selfie.
So what is a selfie? There are two forms of Selfies, the first is when the camera is at arms length (or a selfie stick) and the telegenic character is yourself and whoever might be with you. The other form of a selfie is when you need, for whatever reason, both hands free for the photograph and the camera is on a 10 second timer or someone else clicks the selfie for you.
The first is the most common selfie. These are the most common ones we see published or republished in the media, particularly online. They might be taken any where and at any time. They are not planned, but in a moment of inspiration the selfie photographer exclaims something alone the lines of, ‘lets take a selfie!’
It is smiles all round. No time to get that piece of spinach out between your teeth, no time to chase that pesky fly, or to glance at something that for an instant draws your attention from the camera lens – as sure as night follows day, that's when the camera will click.
It's often a spur of the moment thing. Someone might say something akin to, look there's Aunt Mable, whose 85 given a day, and ‘click’, Aunt Mable finds herself up close and personal with great great niece Aunt is told to smile.
Or it might be something else entirely, something planned where the selfie might be at say, the Kiama blow-hole and the face/s are directly in front just as the ocean spray comes up and raises to the heavens. It is a magnificent photograph where its praises are sung into the aeons of family mores.
A different kind of selfie
There is now a different kind of selfie coming to light and these range from a host of possibilities. This Sydney Morning Herald article by Nicole Elphick cites a number of these from selfies with babies, the homeless, activism, the arts and a whole host more, including what is termed 'aftersex' selfies – all covered, no porn here please, with a mix of contemplation, contentment, naughtiness …... nonetheless dangerous as such selfies might in all reality ,ight come back to haunt those in such poses at some time.
But as I pondered on this new diversity of selfies I wondered how might creative evangelism get involved in selfies.
Here are some ideas for the cooker:
A selfie with an empty cross
A selfie with a child in prayer
A selfie with an open bible
A selfie with bible in hand preaching
A selfie in the church kitchen
A selfie welcoming people into church
A selfie with the Communion bread/wine
A selfie with the choir
A selfie with a grass hut
A selfie with a rice paddy
A selfie with an open air church
A selfie with painted men with spears
These might be termed 'traditional type' of evangelism selfies but let us now get some lateral thinking and ponder on some others types of selfies –
Selfies with a range of reflective / philosophical art works that speak to its viewers in a wide variety of ways.
Selfies with challenging bible verses that most of the time we prefer not to think about.
Selfies with a few words from great theological thinkers that ensures we might at least consider a philosophic a journey.
Selfies with classical historical images that demand our re-evaluation.
These are the selfies of evangelism where the responder will never again be the same person, as they have been presented with an image and a message where what was - can never be again and what - might be is like a light on a hill.
Dr Mark Tronson is a Baptist minister (retired) who served as the Australian cricket team chaplain for 17 years (2000 ret) and established Life After Cricket in 2001. He was recognised by the Olympic Ministry Medal in 2009 presented by Carl Lewis Olympian of the Century. He mentors young writers and has written 24 books, and enjoys writing. He is married to Delma, with four adult children and grand-children. Dr Tronson writes a daily article for Christian Today Australia (since 2008) and in November 2016 established Christian Today New Zealand.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at http://www.pressserviceinternational.org/mark-tronson.html
Dr Mark Tronson is a Baptist minister (retired) who served as the Australian cricket team chaplain for 17 years (2000 ret) and established Life After Cricket in 2001. He was recognised by the Olympic Ministry Medal in 2009 presented by Carl Lewis Olympian of the Century. He mentors young writers and has written 25 books, and enjoys writing. Dr Tronson writes a daily article for Christian Today Australia (since 2008) and in November 2016 established Christian Today New Zealand. Dr Mark Tronson’s Press Service International in 2019 was awarded ‘The Gutenberg’ - the Australasian Religious Press Association’s premier award. In September 2020 Summer Moore presented her commission portrait of Dr Mark Tronson holding the Gutenberg plaque. He and David Chang editor of Christian Today together bought the young writer ministry into fruition in 2009. In 2011 Mark established Laguna Quays Respite (Whitsundays) for missionary respite and replicated at Aldinga Beach 2016 (Adelaide) and Greens Beach Bass Straight (TAS). His ministry is honoured all these years by Christian philanthropist Mr Basil Sellers AM. He is married to Delma (44 years), with four adult married children and grand-children.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at https://www.pressserviceinternational.org/dr-mark-t.html