Social Media & Christians
Recently I have noticed a lot of bantering back and forth on many social media outlets between Christians – from facebook to twitter to blogs. I am not sure why people feel that it is okay to vent, hurt, discourage and intentionally offend in these environments. It is so not cool!
The Bible says, “And may the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow, just as our love for you overflows.” (I Thess 4:12). Our love for each other must be up close and it must overflow into every other area of our lives – even social media. The Bible and Christian character must apply to social media – God is not absent from those outlets!!!
So let me give you a few rules of Christian etiquette:
- It’s okay to share your opinion, but its not okay to offend. I learned this lesson a long time ago, “Hurting people hurt people.”
- Don’t defriend when you disagree, unless they are just disagreeable. “A friend loves at all times.” Some people are antagonistic … they are there to divide.
- Remember more people are seeing your posts than your ‘Christian’ friends. We have to be careful that our comments don’t hurt the cause of Jesus Christ.
- Don’t go public with what was discussed in private. Too many tweet or facebook responses to private conversations. I hear about it all the time. In fact, I have experienced it. But private conversations should remain that private.
- Respond in the opposite spirit. If someone comes at you with hate, bitterness or maliciousness simply respond in love! (for Joel VanBriggle – don’t respond to love with hate – only respond in opposites when attitude, word, text, blog is negative – hahahaha)
- Social media should not be your personal soapbox. Social media was intended to build relational networks and not hurt them.
- When someone is divisive don’t respond —- ignore. They are looking for attention. Don’t give it to them. “Mark those that cause division and ignore them” (Rom 16:17).
I truly believe that we will be judged by every deed and word … even those words shared on social media outlets.
Matthew 12:26: “And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak.”
Church, let’s be the bride of Christ and guards our tongues (and keyboards) for it reveals what is in our hearts.
1 Peter 3:10: “For the Scriptures say, “If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies.”