My Pledge to Social Media
More and more Christians are angry with social media. “It’s not a fun place anymore,” they say. I tend to agree. However, when I think I’d like to pull the plug and go off-line, God stirs my heart.
With the growth of social media sites and the burgeoning participation in online communication, questions arise for the believer as to how to participate or even if the Christian should participate.
While social media provides a platform to express personal opinions about our faith and our world, like many, I sometimes fall prey to the temptation to join the band wagon of discontent and negativity.
How often have I complained about a particular store’s practices or shared my frustration that the lady ahead of me at the local discount store wore pajamas or was critical of the young man who wore his jeans revealingly low on his thighs?
Of late, the Lord has convicted me of my online behavior. He has reminded me that as far as social media is concerned, I may be the only Jesus some will ever see. How then can I be salt and light in the virtual world as well as the physical one?
First and foremost, I must remember that social media is an opportunity to provide hope and encouragement to those in need of a kind word. Perhaps I can vary my posts between inspirational quotes, Scripture verses, testimony of God’s faithfulness, and gratitude for His blessings. True, some issues require the Christian take a stand. However, when I do, is there a way to do so that demonstrates the conviction without condemning the individual?
My mother once said, “If you can’t say anything helpful, don’t say anything at all.” Good advice then and now. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8 KJV).
Linda Wood Rondeau, winner of the 2012 Selah Award and Carol Award finalist, writes to demonstrate our worst past, surrendered to God becomes our best future. After a long career in human services, Linda now resides in Jacksonville, Florida. Readers may visit her website at www.lindarondeau.com. Contact the author on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.