We live in a world driven by social media. As a blogger, I will be the first to admit I spend a fair amount of time on social media- both for pleasure and for work. Lately, Facebook has become a place where I dread going – because all that I see on there is Christians using it as a platform to do one thing. One thing they don’t even realize they are doing. To kill their testimony.
We live in a country where we have the freedom of speech. I feel very strongly about that freedom. I don’t often write about political topics because I don’t want to start debate. There are very few topics I will even share about on my blog Facebook page (or even personal page) for that matter- because Christians kill their testimony.
When a hot topic happens in our world, people go right to Facebook to share their view. Then, when someone disagrees with their view- they start a debate that all the world can see. The sad part is, it is usually Christians debating other Christians. Sometimes, it is Christians expecting the lost world to see things like they do.
But it is more than politics. It is more than hot topics.
Some of us only post our highlight reel on Facebook. I am not an advocate for sharing negative about my spouse or our family on Facebook – I need to guard them. However, we sometimes forget that we are only seeing the highlights of our friends lives. We don’t always see their lows. So, when we only show the highlights- people tend to think we as Christians are just so “blessed” and that we aren’t real. That we aren’t really living in this world that is broken, filled with broken people. We don’t look like broken people who have been restored- we look like fake people putting on a show.
Then, there are those who post their whole lives on Facebook for people to see. They profess Christ and salvation out of one side of their mouth – but their pictures are a stumbling block. They post pictures of alcohol binges- not realizing that the recovering alcoholic is struggling because they see you partying it up. Yes, you have liberty in Christ – but we also need to be sure we are not causing others to stumble. Our men post crude pictures of women and tell crude jokes on Facebook. Our women give them a big LOL and act as though it is okay. All the while, the lost don’t see anything different from our profile than theirs.
Facebook should be a place that you can be a testimony to others. Facebook should be a place where you keep up with friends who have miles separating you. Facebook can be a place where you post your thoughts, ideas, pictures and opinions.
If you are going to put my Jesus on display, then please display Him accurately.
See, He came and died for the sins of all. You. Me. So, when you say you are a Christian, but you post things that don’t line up with that, or use your Facebook as a stomping ground for politics and social gain – you are living contrary to the Word of God. You are not shining a light into a dark world. Instead, you are making the light dim, by casting a shadow of you and not the image of Him.
So, next time you are going to post on Facebook, or any social media, think of these things:
- Is this the kind of picture I want the lost to have of Jesus?
- Am I going to have to become defensive over the picture I just posted? Does it speak well of the testimony I am displaying?
- Am I pushing a topic of hate or showing the love of Christ?
- If this status showed up on the big screen at church – or better yet in heaven- would I feel ashamed?
- Is this something that Jesus would agree with – or would He say I am causing His bride to look bad?
The lost will know us by our love.
By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35 ESV)
Worshiping With My Life,