Social Media and the Glory of God
Social media has become integral to our culture and society. I would say that there has been rarely a day, since I setup my facebook account 2 or 3 years ago, that I have not been on it. With the advent of Myspace, Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, and others our world is becoming smaller and smaller. Some criticize the social media craze, many embrace it, and some just aren’t sure what to do with it.
Identity is found in social media. How many friends you have, wall posts, blog hits, we live for this stuff. I am not here however to blast social media, nor to call it a sin to use facebook or any other site. I am rather more interested in the way in which we use social media for God’s glory.
What I propose is that social media can be used for God’s glory given the right amount of discernment and willingness to give yourself over to Him. Here are three thoughts I have on this:
1. You are not your own, you are created for Him, by Him to proclaim His name.
To display God’s glory on your profile, in your blog, through your tweets, you must keep in mind that you are not living your life any longer for yourself, but for Jesus. With this in mind you will be compelled not to tell everyone what cereal you had for breakfast, but rather that Jesus saved your life and has given you the breath to breathe so that you could get up this morning to have your wheaties.
2. Even when you think no one is watching, someone is watching
Just like it is in our lives so it is on Facebook. Even in those times when you think you are alone, you are not. This is a great lesson to learn from social media sites. Live your life, even the “private” areas of your life as if it is on display for all to see. As for facebook, the truth is that everything you post will be seen by someone.
3. It’s not about censoring yourself, it is about truly proclaiming your heart.
In no way am I saying that you should censor yourself on social media sites. I am actually saying the opposite, proclaim loudly your heart, you may be surprised at what comes out. (Please don’t express your struggle with drugs or porn over the internet, get with a close brother or sister to discuss that), but what I am saying is that if your heart is truly transformed by Christ proclaim it, LOUDLY. This will be a good showing of where your heart lies and you might be surprised, one way or the other. Sin will be exposed and the name of Jesus will be made great.
I am in no way saying I am some perfect person. These are all things I need to keep in mind and wrestle with. I need to stop posting stupid things that don’t matter, but rather eternal things that will help my brothers and sisters focus on Christ, encourage them and help them battle against sin.
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