Social media has been a part of my life since middle school. Oh my goodness I was all about some myspace. I was pretty much obsessed. Why did I care so much about myspace you ask? Well, I was an 8th grader trying to be as cool as possible and it was a way for me to be in control of something. I could make my profile look like I had it all figured out. Coolest music, cool editing on my photos, sweet layout, and what was it all for? It was all an effort to try and show others that I was awesome. I determined my coolness on how many comments I got on something how many fried requests I got. I was such a dumb middle schooler....oh but wait, how am I different now? When it comes to how I use social media, I am not any different at all. I am worse actually. I have Facebook, twitter, instagram, you name it...I got it. Social media can be an awesome thing. It is a great way to keep in touch with long distance family and friends and it is an awesome marketing tool for business. Small businesses can reach so many more people now because of the explosion of social media. It is kind of awesome. But Social media can be negative for sure and most of you know this.
I was drawn to this topic because honestly, I was being very judgmental about some peoples posts. I then had to look at myself and see that I am no different. I sometimes get involved in silly debates that I would never get involved in face to face, just because I can hide behind the computer. I am guilty of taking the occasional selfie (gosh that word is annoying) and what is a selfie but a way to get a quick confidence boost. But yet to get all those likes and comments you make sure it's the proper lighting and you edit any flaws so really people aren't complimenting what you really looked like when you took the picture. It is so ridiculous.
But what I really want to address is something directed towards Christ followers. There are things I think we really need to be careful of. (I want to go ahead and say that I am not trying to call any one out specifically or make anyone feel bad. I do not know the heart behind what people post and I am not claiming to I am just writing because I am reflecting on my motives and heart behind what I post) It may be really tempting to post a picture that someone took of you leading worship, or post a status that talks about a good deed you did for someone but I think there are a couple things we need to ask ourselves before we post anything....
Is this uplifting or encouraging?
This on is a hard one for me. First thing I want to do when I have had a bad day or if somebody really annoyed me is vent about it on Facebook or Twitter. But as Christ followers we are to be peace makers. I mean that comes straight from Jesus on the Sermon on the Mount.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God" Matthew 5:9
And in Ephesians, Paul directly speaking to the church says
"Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear." Ephesians 4:29 ESV
Yea now I am just thinking about how long it would take me to get rid of all the negative crap I have posted on the internet through the years...kinda scary.
then the other question...
Am I posting this to bring glory to God or myself?
"Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full."
We can never overcome this struggle by our own strength. We need His help. We just have to ask.
The image I used in this post is not mine. I could not find the original source but I found the photo here.