Biblical Wisdom In The Social Media Age

This blog is a follow-up from this past Sunday’s message on biblical wisdom. The main point of this past Sunday was that we as Christians need to make sure that we act according to biblical wisdom.  Biblical wisdom considers not only the immediate consequences of our words and actions. But it also considers how an action today could affect me or my loved ones down the road.  The key thought I want to express here is for us to remember Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 5:20, “So we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us.  We implore you in Christ’s stead: Be reconciled to God.”  As a Christian we have a mission, that is to make disciples of Jesus of all nations.  We are His representatives to the world.  Therefore, we must give careful consideration to how we live, what we say, and especially in today’s digital world, what we post.

We live in a social media age.  Most everyone has at least one social media account.  Social media can be a good thing.  However, it can also be a very dangerous thing or a destructive thing. Because of our social media age, people feel free to write and post whatever they want, think, or feel in the moment.  Because you are behind a computer screen, you don’t have to be concerned with the tone of your message or how someone may react to your message.  Unfortunately, very little thought is put into most social media posts or the potential ramifications of your posts.  Most people don’t realize that employers or potential future employers look at your social media pages.  People don’t realize that employers make decisions every day to not hire or to hire someone based on their social media accounts.  Your social media activity can even be causation for termination at your job if you reflect poorly upon your employer.  So wisdom here would ask a few questions.  First, what is right or wrong about my post according to God?  Second, will my post honor God or turn people off from God?  Finally, how could this post cause problems in the future for me or those closest to me?  Simply put, think before you post!  If you are angry or fired up about something, write it all out on your social media timeline, and before you hit post, delete it all.  Or if you are going to send an angry e-mail to someone, write it all out, and before you hit send, delete the message.  You will feel better for having gotten all your thoughts out, but without the negative consequences and future ramifications of a lack of knowledge and understanding.  Plus it is a great way for God to reveal what is truly in your heart, so you can confess your sin and ask Him for help in overcoming your sinful thoughts, words, and attitudes.

Remember, everything you say, do, or post reflects not only on you as a person, but it also reflects on the God you say you love.  Let’s make sure that we represent Jesus in a biblically faithful way whether in person or on social media.

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  1. I am entering my 28th year of my job where I am in daily contact with our customers in a business development role. As I was reading this post, I found myself reflecting back on how communication has changed. When I started here, there was still a teletype machine and fax machines were just commencing use. When we talked to customers, we did it by phone, or got on a plane to see them face-to-face. I remember when I was given my first pager, I remember attending trade shows and standing in line at pay phones. I remember when our computers went from a main frame to distributed PC’s and e-mail was introduced. I remember my first mobile device, a Blackberry, so I could get e-mails 24 hours a day, then came cell phones and I was connected to the world continually. Then, we stopped talking, not only outside the company but inside as well. We send e-mails, even if the person is on the other side of the wall, its easier, and we have a “record” of the “conversation”. And so many of the young folks, all the more so, not just those sending e-mails, but those who prefer receiving e-mails to talking. Now there is texting, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and many more social media outlets where we can communicate our thoughts and opinions in ways we probably would never do so in person. I fear the art of personal conversation is being lost.

    Now I do believe all these forms of electronic communication have a place in our lives, and can be powerful tools in spreading the Gospel. I ask my self what would Jesus do today with this capability, and I believe he would use it to reach a hurting world. Just last week I believe we saw this in action, with social media used to reach out to the community about the Harvest Party and bring 200 people to Westlake where as Pastor Justin put it, “we could share the Gospel and love on them”.

    The world is in our face every day, and some times it is not very pretty. Pastor Justin is absolutely right, sometimes we do need to vent, but vent in private, then respond in public in a way that will be worthy of Jesus. And it is great to receive uplifting Gospel messages by e-mail and social media, but sometimes we just need a hug, and to hear face-to-face, “God loves you and so do I”. You can’t get that through an e-mail.

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