In 2017, it is an obvious fact that the world has never been more technologically advanced than in our present day. The most complex of problems is being solved in ‘Microwave time’, as I call it.
Social media is becoming a very useful and effective tool in the Kingdom of God. We can reach thousands with one post on Facebook and much more on Twitter. But at the same time, our virtual reality can be damaging if not handled wisely and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. To many this may sound absurd, but when last have you consulted the Holy Spirit before posting something on any of your social media accounts?
Our opinions may be relevant to us, but they don’t always line up with God’s word, do they? Well, they need to because as Born- Again Christians we are ambassadors for Christ and we need to represent Him well in the earth.
- Make sure you are walking by the Spirit.
“Walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16).
This is particularly important if you consider your posts as a ministry. Sometimes we get so caught up in emotions and end up posting irrationally. There are people who follow you and read your posts. It is important that you consult God before allowing your opinion and your emotions to damage viable cyber relationships you have built with people and that could possibly be a deciding factor of whether they choose to accept Christ or not.
- Make sure you weigh criticisms
“He that refuses instruction despises his own soul: but he that hears reproof gains understanding.” (Proverbs 15:32)
More often than not, there may be merit to the criticism you’re receiving. Take time to receive and consider them before the Lord before automatically assume offense, which will only add more fuel to the fire.
- Make sure that what you post is useful in the building up of others
“Hatred stirs up strife: but love covers all sins” (Proverbs 10:12).
Don’t attack or embarrass people on your social media platform, if you can deal with your differences privately. More often than not, our comments can be better handled in a private setting. Don’t let pride motivate you to uncover a brother or sister unnecessarily in public.
- Avoid stirring controversy with articles you share
“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God”. (2 Cor 5:20)
Many of us get this wrong. My hand is up. You should be aware that hoax articles saturate our news feeds daily. Sharing them might stir the pot even more. Monitor how much articles you share, especially those ones who line up with your ideology of things and not God’s. Avoid sharing things that entice your flesh, remember you are an ambassador for Christ.
5.Learn to listen
“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry”. (James 1:19)
People tend to quickly dismiss other people’s perspectives and jump right in and attack. This restricts us from listening. In real life, we have to wait our turn to speak, but with comments, we simply have to scroll down. This is how some articles and discussions online can get so out of control.
The internet can consume us at times. But please remember that it is possible to serve Christ in the midst of all the chaos, especially on our social media platforms. The key is simply to denounce this false sense of power that has fooled us into thinking that we can do whatever we feel like doing online. Instead, focus on Christ, ask him to guide you concerning your behavior online, after all, it’s his word that makes all the difference.
Tatum-Lee is a Born Again Christian, qualified Writer and Content producer who resides in Cape Town, lives on Facebook and reads books for breakfast. She makes a conscious effort to remain on top of the news and is equipped to produce all kinds of content, works exceptionally well with briefs and makes people look Kwaai on Facebook.