Social media is a pitfall for many Christians. It seems like social media is this nice bubble where the Bible just won’t affect people. So, I thought it might be nice if Christians, as one voice, made a formal “New Year’s Resolution” regarding social media use for 2016. So, here we go…
WHEREAS, non-Christians actually do read our social media posts, and
WHEREAS, anything we post has the potential to drive them further from Christ, and
WHEREAS, the Bible commands us to say only things that are good and helpful, and
WHEREAS, people will judge us by what we post, and
WHEREAS, many people will take anything that we post as the truth,
THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED that we, as Christians, will not post messages that say things like “Share if you love Jesus, ignore if you love Satan,” so that others don’t assume salvation is tied to Facebook shares, and,
THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED that we, as Christians, will not take Scripture out of context so that non-Christians will not misunderstand what the Bible says, and,
THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED that we, as Christians, will improve our credibility by fact-checking any articles that we post or share, and,
THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED that we, as Christians, will not be negative towards other humans, including politicians, other religions, or other churches because no non-Christian wants to see that, and,
THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED that we, as Christians, will check each “feel-good” song for sound theology before they post it (I’m looking at you, Carrie Underwood), and,
THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED that we, as Christians, will simply ask ourselves, before we post anything, the simple question “Is this hurtful to the way people see me in any way?” before posting it.
In closing, I would just ask Christians to please think about what you say before you say it. Social media, conversations, messaging, texting, e-mailing, and any other form of communication. God calls us to speak well. He calls us to speak kindly. That doesn’t just mean vocally. That means any communication.