Our goal in the ministry we call Casting Light is to give our body of Believers the tools to study and secure areas which might become a moral struggle. I can think of no more challenging area than the use or abuse of social media. Social media is convenient, quick and for many fun, but it has dangers, and it is the perfect tool to tear down instead of build up others.
So, what are Evangelicals called to do with social media?
1. Pre-decide to interact with respect.
2. Speak in love, and never ever use it to act unbecomingly! Determine never to use it as a weapon of war, instead find a way to help it build up others.
3. Watch your tone. Is your post bragging?
4. Watch your opinions, and give room for a differing opinion knowing you may have to simply agree to disagree. Most disagreements are better understood and discussed face-to-face without an entire social network listening in.
5. Watch your interactions in terms of fidelity to your spouse. Many Christians guard themselves by limiting both social networking conversations and private meetings with someone of the opposite sex.
6. Speak goodness. Speak only positively about another.
These Scriptures will help:
1 Corinthians 8:1 Knowledge makes arrogant but love edifies.
1 Corinthians 13: 4-5: love does not brag, and is not arrogant; does not act unbecomingly, it does not seek its own, is not provoked.
Reverse those words and you see the majority of social media interactions: on social media we often brag, act arrogantly, act unbecomingly, seek our own and are forever provoked. Surely this will not glorify God.
Romans 14:19 So then let us pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.
Colossians 3: 8 Put them all aside: anger wrath malice slander and abusive speech from your mouth.
Instead: Philippians 2:3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself.
Eph: 4: 29: Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth but only such a word as is good for edification.
What if we actually cared more about others than ourselves and our own perspectives? Well I think God would be pleased. After all Proverbs 15 encourages us to use both a gentle answer, and a tongue with wisdom. If we embraced that wisdom even our social media conversations would be a blessing to all, including the One for whom we live!
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