A christian perspective on social media
- What am I really posting?
What are the songs you’re sharing really saying? Is the language you are using honoring to God? Are you posting jokes with questionable humor? Make sure your statuses line up with the kind of thing
Philippians 4:8 Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable …if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things.
- Are you seeking to glorify God through social media?
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
Isaiah 43:7 – We were created for Gods glory, when we stray from our life’s God-given purpose, we quickly fall away where God wants us to be.
- Does social media lead you into sin?
“If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.” Matthew 5:29
Social media is itself a morally neutral thing, neither inherently good nor bad. But when put in the hands of sinful human beings, it should be no surprise that it can be used for a host of sinful behaviors: bullying, sinful relationships, sexual perversion, worldly ideas, and allowing yourself to be led astray by bad influences. Pray that God would reveal your sins and the idols that may exist or be fed through social media, and for the grace and power to repent.
- Do Your Social Media Updates Build Up or Tear Down?”
“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” Ephesians 4:29
Of all the social media updates that you read every day, how many of them do you think build up (edifies) other people.You’d have to agree that it’s probably not that much.But God’s Word encourages us to build each other up.If we’re going to be ambassadors for Christ on social media, then we have to make sure that our social media updates never hurt other people. Instead, they should always be encouraging and loving. Encourage others in social media. Some of the greatest encouragements I receive come from people on social media. I am so thankful for the many Christians who use this platform in obedience to the Word of God:
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing” 1 Thessalonians 5:11.
Respond with a gentle spirit. Let our desire be to win hearts rather than to win arguments.
- Do people see the light of Christ in you based on what you post?
“…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
Social networks present a unique opportunity to let your light shine before others by show the hope you have in Jesus Christ. You are able to challenge and encourage others to believe in Christ and follow Him. Don’t forget the awesome opportunity you have to proclaim to the world the unsearchable riches of Christ!
- Is social media your master(god)
You shall have no other god before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. Exodus 20; 3-4
Don’t become a slave to the beeping of your phone or computer and always be checking your notifications online. Do you really need to check each notification, or can you check a few times throughout the day? Instead of constantly checking notifications with spare moments, read Scripture, pray, or let your mind rest.
- Does your use of social media help you renew your mind in God’s truth?
Romans 12:2“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
God can use little moments we give to Him throughout our day to grow us, including time on social media. You can use your Facebook and Twitter streams to grow your faith by following accounts that honor God. I have sought to develop the discipline to stop and read Scripture whenever I see it posted to remind me that everything else posted is of limited importance compared to the Word of God that has eternal importance (1 Peter 1:24-25).
- Do you use social media to boost your ego?
“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” Mark 8:36
We can believe the lie that we only have value if people follow us or like our posts. If your mood depends on the number of “Likes” or “Retweets” your post receives, you care too much about gaining the approval of man. Rejoice in the fact that the gospel says that God accepts you because of what Christ had done
- Are You Pointing People to the Savior?
‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.’” Mark 16:15 ESV
This is the Great Commission given by Jesus to all His disciples.Before social media came, you were constrained by geographical location when it came to sharing your faith. You could only share Christ with your coworkers, the people you met in the street, or your next door neighbors.But of course, that’s no longer the case. I’ve had the privilege of sharing Christ with people from Indonesia, Brazil, and other countries around the world. It’s all because of social media.
- Do you value social media interactions more than real-life relationships?
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:39
God made us for relationships. Increasingly today, these relationships can take place through technology and can make people less social in real life. (So much for social media!) Instead of merely “liking” a picture or favoriting a tweet, invest in real relationships by having meaningful conversations. Take the extra step by letting people important to you know that you care about them. Or take an even greater extra step –actually talk with your friend face-to-face!
Many people don’t realize this cost. We still treat social media as if it is an exemption from being responsible for our words and actions.
We need to get over the power that makes us feel we can say whatever we want on social media, and instead embrace the power to say what only builds up. When we are doing this, we can use social media as a tool for change—something that would honor the life of Jesus rather than shame it.It truly is possible to live and love like Jesus on social media. It is possible to glorify God with our social media activity
Remember who is watching you in social media. The words we Christians say to one another and to others are on display for the world to see. This platform is an incredible opportunity to demonstrate the love of Christ in action.
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