This post has been a long time coming but I feel it’s time to open up this can of worms due to everything that is going on in the world. I want to talk about our awareness on social media and the impacts it can have on a person. First I want to ask: Do you pray before posting? Do you seek God first in EVERY post you post? If you don’t, please keep reading as I have some points to make and if you do then share this post! It’s come to my attention that many people don’t know how to act with love on social media. It’s almost like we need an etiquette 101 class in school on “How to act on social media.” Now I’m talking about the lash out that you did the other day to polly and now regret it. We have all done that. I’m talking about the consistent hate that just spews daily. The posts that are jabs, hurtful memes, and people’s opinions about this or that can really bring anxiety, fear, depression, and make people scared. Another thing is people are treating FB posts as actual “research” and truth when that is just not true. And I really want to talk about how Christians behave on social media. Just because you can hide behind a screen doesn’t give you the right of passage to post whatever you like. There are consequences to what you post and I’m not just talking about people lashing out at you because they disagree. I’m talking about spiritual consequences and how it matters to the body of Christ.
As a Christian, I see a mixture of posts from my christian friends. Some post on verses, funny memes and cooking while others feel they need to constantly post rude, hurtful, and unnecessary things. It truly sadness me when Christians aren’t acting like a Christian. It makes me upset to see Christians cutting others down instead of listening. It’s like they cut the Holy Spirit at the knees so he can’t reach your ears to tell you to stop. Furthermore, Why do we feel the need to control and win every argument? In the end we won nothing and you lost the chance to be a good witness of who Christ is. As Christians, we are supposed to LOVE each other and not cause each other to stumble or fall. Correct me if I’m wrong but we are not supposed to spread hate, fake news, be rude or even give our opinions ALL the time or even at all! The Bible says a lot of things but I must have missed the passage about where we are supposed to spread hate, our opinions, and fear. I don’t know why this is but I feel we value being heard instead of listening to another’s perspective and then just leaving it at that. I think we are afraid that if we don’t put our two cents in we aren’t “sticking up for Christ.”
But even Christ didn’t always “stick up” or say something. When he saw the woman at the well he acknowledged her living with another man but he didn’t berate her or scold her. He talked with her and healed her. When they mocked him on the cross he could have said “no, I’m the way the truth and the life, you should’ve listened to me cause I’m right and not killed me” but instead He was silent and eventually forgave them for they didn’t know what they were doing. And this wasn’t said out loud for all to hear. This silence and forgiveness demonstrates to me this: Jesus even in his most painful moments was silent and gave grace. He knew this act of love would change the world. You know how powerful this is? If we were to swallow our opinions and pride and gave Gods grace to work in the situation we would make friends instead of enemies? And yes I’m saying you wouldn’t be heard because the other person doesn’t need to know your stance on every view point. Silence doesn’t= compliance and utter agreement with the other person. Sometimes silence is the most powerful tool and it shows that you would rather submit and allow (not that God needs to be allowed to do anything) God to work in the situation. This action of trust can allow the Holy Spirit to move freely and to fix the hearts of the “offender.”
Yet we act rashly and don’t think about are our actions. God calls us to love one another, to uplift each other and spread the Good news. It almost feels as if most Christians are trying to be the mouth on the body of Christ yet not all of us were created to be the mouth or in other words preacher, teacher or missionary. In addition, we try to mirror Jesus actions but many of us are trying to be God instead of following Him and listening to Him. We can not be him. To many Christians act out of hate and call it tough love, or act with fear mongering to stand up for what they believe when they should have been silent. Many believe they need to say something because “God told us to stand up for what we believe” and then say “ the Bible said we are going to get persecuted” yet that’s not what he meant. He didn’t mean to post a harsh opinionated post and prepare for lash back. If you do that your going to get hateful comments and people will not like you. That’s not persecution that’s ignorance and stirring the pot which the Bible says not to do. Now my friends this all comes out of love and a soft tone but you do not need to fight every battle with your words and opinions nor post about how you feel about every topic. It’s tiring, to be honest. We are supposed to act out of love, share the GOOD news, and to listen. It reminds me of a passage in Ephesians.
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. 8 This is why it says: “When he ascended on high,he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.” 9 (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions?10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) 11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love,we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.Ephesians 4:2-16 NIV
I pray that Christians start realizing that what they post on social media reflects on who you are as a person. Not only that that they will think about who is seeing their posts and how it will affect another person. I have had to delete people because I just can not abide with the posts that they post. It causes me anxiety, depression, and fear. I’ve had to turn off social media because it is so overwhelming. And just the other day I broke down and cried due to all the negative stuff that I saw. A person can only take so much and just comes to a point where enough is enough. I wished the beautiful, funny, happier posts were post more often and I’m not saying don’t post anything that you believe to be true. I’m saying just be careful, make sure you know what your posting is truth, and that it’s coming out of love not a spirit of irritation or anger. And don’t forget to post something happy too!