Social Media & The Church

By Fate Hagood |  August 29, 2015

 
Have you ever posted a picture or saying or link on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram and thought,

“Whoa! I shouldn’t have done that!”
Yeah, me too.

Welcome to the world of social media! This is a brand new world for the world in general and for churches and Christians in particular. Never before has the line between personal, private, and public been so thin and blurred. It’s very easy to have an “Oops!” moment. One moment of silliness or over-sharing or angry ranting can be blasted permanently and publicly into a venue with over 2,000,000,000 eyes watching!

I mean think about it. One minute it’s just an argument between a husband and wife over him “flirting” with the waitress, the next minute there’s a Facebook status update saying, “If my ‘so-called’ hubby don’t keep his nasty little eyes of this wanna be side-chick!” Only to find out that the waitress and the husband were keeping the surprise anniversary secret! But now everybody in the Facebook newsfeed is in the business and commenting on how trifling the husband is!

Colossians 3:17 says, “And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.”

This is a good scripture to live our “virtual” lives by.

That word “whatever” is a real serious word. It literally means, “And everything whatever, wherever, however, whoever you all do . . .” It covers everything we do as followers of Jesus Christ. So, I guess that would include things like Facebook, Twitter, and all the other social media platforms.

When the Bible talks about us being “representatives” it’s saying that everything we do will be “all in the name of the Lord Jesus . . .” So every action we take will have to be actions that can have the Lord’s stamp of approval on them. We carry the family name.

So we don’t want to tweet or text or post anything that we can’t say, “This has the Lord’s stamp of approval on it.”

Of course that doesn’t mean you have to be boring! Or can’t be silly or have fun or other things. The Lord knows those things are a part of life. That’s included in our “whatever.” But, anything that can be shown as hurtful to what the Lord is all about shouldn’t be tweeted or texted or posted.

For the next couple weeks, I’ll be posting helpful articles and teachings on this subject on our church Facebook page. I'll share some of those publicly also. We want to encourage the church to remember that even when tweeting or texting or posting or emailing or whatever else we do through social media.I'd love your input

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