Like it or not, social media is here to stay. We now have an unprecedented ability to share our thoughts and opinions instantaneously to an almost infinite audience. While this platform has the potential to aid in the growth of God's Kingdom, it can also cause great harm. As Christians, we need to be extremely careful with what we share. Here are a few things to keep in mind before hitting the "post" button:
Post as a Representative of Christ
And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. (Colossians 3:17)
We view our social media accounts as being a representation of us. We post things that we want to be associated with: fun trips, good food, spending time with family and friends, etc. However, our social media account also represent our faith. Before we post we need to ask ourselves, "does this accurately reflect Christ?".
Post in Love
If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)
Christians are called to be known by their radical love for God and people. We are even called to love our enemies. However, a quick scan through many Christian's social media page would reflect anything but love. Instead, we often see fear, insults, and hate. We see peoples' desire to be "right" placed above their desire to love. This shouldn't be the case. Instead, we need to be wise in what we post, always reflecting the love of Christ.
Post the Truth
So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. (Ephesians 4:25)
Rumors, half-truths, and lies are littered throughout social media, and sometimes it can be very difficult to discern what is true or false. Before we post a comment or share an article, it is our responsibility to make sure it is true. Often, all that is required is a quick Google search, but sometimes more in-depth research is required. Putting in a little time for research will go a long way in making sure we are not sharing lies and gossip.
"Share" with Caution
I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don't even eat with such people. (1 Corinthians 5:11)
Don't team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14)
Scripture tells us to be wise about who we associate with, both Christians and non-Christians. When we share articles, comments, and memes from another personal's social media page we are linking ourselves to them. Before we share another person's post we should be extremely cautious. Take a few minutes to scroll through their page, and then decide whether this is a person who represents Christ well.
Post with Wisdom
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him as God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. (James 1:5)
God is much smarter than us and knows what is best in all situations. Before we post we need to ask God if it is wise to do so. If God says "yes", then we can post in confidence. If God says "no", then we need to be submissive to his will. If we are unsure of God's will, then we need to wait.
Remember, we don't live by the world's standard, but are called to be holy as God is holy. We should be different than the world, and our social media accounts are no exception.