With the take over of social media, we are constantly plugged into people’s opinions, truths, lies, jokes, propaganda, and lots of random info. With so many ways to communicate, and communicate quickly(maybe before thinking), what is the most appropriate way to handle ourselves? My gut reaction when I read a lie, an exaggeration, or something I don’t agree with is to tell the person how and what I feel about it. Obviously I am right in this situation (sarcasm) and the other person needs to know it! While typing on a computer or a cell phone, I am more likely to say something before I think about it, and in a different manner than I would if I were face to face with the person. In my conundrum trying to use social media positively and also help others…how should I properly handle myself?
As a believer in Jesus Christ, The Holy Spirit lives in me as it says in Ephesians 1:13:”When you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and when you believed in Him, you were also sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.”
So, if The Holy Spirit lives in me, I have all of the fruits of the spirit: “… love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23
Would you define me by my posts on social media using these terms? Would you define yourself by these terms based on your social media posts?
Perhaps our social media posts sound more like this list:”…sexual immorality, moral impurity…idolatry… hatred, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar… ” Galatians 5:19-21
The problem with list two is that” … those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:21
There are a few great examples in The Bible about how we are to handle ourselves, and these apply 100% to social media.
Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
Man, that sounds a lot harder than just telling someone how it is. Its easier to just be right all the time. This is going to require some patience and thought on my part before I type something with ill will.
Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes. Proverbs 19:2
Have you ever read something so irrational on social media that it made the person posting it look like an idiot? Have you been that person? Be honest…do you post in haste without thinking. Something gets you fired up and you just have to tweet about it, or you read some idiotic post on Facebook and can’t help but put in your 2 cents.
I’ve been there. Probably more than I realize. I have recently found myself typing out something and sending it, only to delete it a minute later.
As a Christian, I should be using the fruits of the spirit within me and being patient, self controlled, loving, and gentle. I should be kind and forgiving. And most of all, everything I post should glorify God.
If my post can’t make it through these filters, then it doesn’t need to be said.
I encourage you to look through your last 10 or 20 tweets and Facebook posts and see what message you are conveying via social media.
We will never be perfect, but we can certainly try to do better. God deserves better from our social media accounts.