Why Slow and Steady Wins the Race in Social Media

A lot of the times, new business pop up and their owners are so excited about this new venture that they think they need to see quick growth on social media. This mindset may lead them to make some rash decisions such as buying followers or spending too much on ads. And it may look impressive to investors to have gained over 1,000 followers in under a month, but savvy investors know there's more to it than that. And the day-to-day consumer probably won't even pay attention.

Let's get this out of the way right at the front: Do not buy followers. No one knows for sure, but it's estimated that about 15% of social media accounts are bots. That's 15% of about 3 billion. So, if you had every bot on Twitter following you, it would bring your follower count up to about 450 million. Sounds impressive, right? It does right up until you realize that bots aren't buying your products or telling any real people about you. You could make the case that the high number of foll…

The Da Vinci Flop

FIRST-PERSON: Film critics' views on 'Da Vinci' speak volumes - (BP)

Well, normally I wouldn't bring any more attention to The Da Vinci Code than it deserves. Too many secularists have anticipated it and too many preachers have uneducatedly railed against it. Don't get me wrong - some preachers are highly educated and still rail against it. Some secularists couldn't give a rip and others know enough about true history to know the real story behind the book/movie.

But in this case I thought I should add my two sense worth. The above linked article says basically that the only reason critics don't like it is because it doesn't do enough damage to Christianity. This confirms what I'd thought all along. That is that the average un-believing American believes all this stuff anyway without Dan Brown having "exposed" it. So what we should be doing is not burning DVDs (. . . I mean with real fire) but defending true history. Regardless of what any novelest writes or what any movie producer produces, the fact remains that these ideas are out there even without the help of the media. What we need to do is give people actual history.

1) Leonardo Da Vinci's name is Leonardo. Not Da Vinci. Vinci is where he's "Da" (from).

2) There were no secrets about Christ in the Dead Sea Scrolls. They were written hundreds of years before he was even born!

3) If Jesus was married there are several times in the gospels and epistles where it would have been hugely appropriate to mention it. Paul defends his ability to take a wife "like the brothers of our Lord, and as Cephas" (1 Cor 9:5). He would have landed a death blow to the arguement by adding "even our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."

4) The secret society that was supposedly created to keep Jesus' marriage a secret was actually created by a French con man to convince the French authorities that he was in the blood line of Jesus and thus was the rightful king. He later admitted in court that the documents that were found to "prove" this were forgeries and the entire idea was false.

These are just a few things that Dan Brown evidently glossed over. They can all be found in the documentary "The Da Vinci Delusion."

Don't let the heresy wind you up. The last thing we need is another "Bible thumper" throwing bricks at someone who uses them to build the wall between them and the Faith. Rather, "Speak the truth in love." Enjoy the fiction, expose the truth and redirect the lost.