I have been disturbed recently by the obnoxious post finding their way to my Facebook and Twitter feeds. I understand, and champion peoples need to express their views and thoughts. As Citizens of this great country, our founding fathers recognized the need for free expression and wrote into our Bill of Rights the first amendment, which affords us the right to speak out on any subject that we so choose. The question that I want you to consider as you read this post is “Do we need to respond and express our views on everything?”
Social Media has given voice to the masses. Worldwide Communication takes place in mere seconds these days. What an amazing platform we have to express our thoughts. I want to encourage Christ Followers to employ a tried and true filter that has been around for several millennia. This filter is free and needs no updating. All that this particular application requires is for those who believe in Jesus to routinely read and apply the precepts contained within to their lives.
The application that I am talking about is the Word of God. Believers can find instructions on how to live a righteous life from within the pages of the Bible. I want to encourage you as you consider posting your view on Social Media to filter it through the word of God. The Apostle Paul instructs the Church at Ephesus, “And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.” I would suggest that we consider the content of our social media post. We should consider does this post add value to the discussion? Can this post be misunderstood and not represent my true character and value system? Could this Post hurt someone or damage relationships? All of these questions are to be assessed and considered before hitting send.
I want to encourage you to think about what you are posting. Look for words that will cause your readers to think. Be an encourager, try and build a dialogue that brings glory to our Savior. I always have practiced this principle, if I cannot find something good or positive to say, I am not going to say anything. James writes “My dear brothers and sisters, understand this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger.” So please, for the sake of Christ Jesus, consider your content. If it is important to you, post it, just be considerate in what you’re posting.
I love you all!