|SOCIAL MEDIA IS NOT EVIL
We might want to pray for Christians who criticize social media.
Because more than ever, I'm convinced that social media mainly exists for the purpose of glorifying God in Christ. Of course, the wealthy inventors and developers of many social media platforms would surely disagree with me. That’s no surprise.
In Psalms 9:1, David says, "O Lord, I will praise you with all my heart, and tell everyone about the marvelous things you do..."
Can't we and shouldn't we be using social media as yet another way of praising God? What do you think David might say about this?
Do you really think God would be opposed to giving Him a “shout out” on Snap Chat?
Currently, we're using social media for many purposes that include: to post selfies, to post photos of whatever we've had for lunch, to show people what we've just bought at the mall, to pitch and sell products, to show videos of cats leaping in the air, to fight with complete strangers, to stalk people, to hatch plots, you name it.
But are we using social media to glorify Christ? Have you ever given praise to God on Twitter?
Social media isn't inherently evil, but it is indeed often being used for evil purposes. Yet this is about the user, not the medium. We’re the ones who are responsible for the content because we post – or don’t post – it there.
Isn't this where we come in as Christians? Aren't we supposed to be the lights in this dark world? Aren’t we supposed to be the world’s salt or seasoning to make it tolerable?
Christ says so himself in Matthew 5:13-16. Check it out.
If God allowed social media to come into existence, aren’t we obligated to do our part? Social media is such a ridiculously easy way for us to be both light and salt.
In a nutshell, if we're criticizing evil people for posting on Facebook, shouldn't we be offering people the alternative by showing them the light?
If we're sitting on the sidelines with our feet propped up and eating popcorn while watching a horror show for which we’re giving color commentary, aren't we part of the problem?
In Mark 16:15, Christ tells the disciples (that includes us), “You are to go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere…”
Shouldn't folks on Instagram hear this? Can’t we actually use Instagram as one way of doing this?
Of course, there are indeed Christian groups on various social media platforms, but not nearly enough. Shouldn't Christians be "crashing" Twitter every single Sunday by noon ... at the very least?
I suspect that many of us who are criticizing social media are doing so because we’re afraid of technology and the fact that it’s constantly changing. We don’t want to admit to this, so we criticize it. We literally demonize it.
But I don’t think this lets us off the hook.
We don’t have to be afraid of technology. We can use it to glorify Christ who tells us that greater is He in us than in the world. Right now, I’m thinking about Joshua and his role in the Exodus story.
In Joshua 1:9, God tells him, “Yes, be bold and strong! Banish fear and doubt! For remember, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Given what Joshua accomplished, if he were with us now, can you imagine what he could do after getting a little Twitter training? I suspect he would “shut it down” for Christ.
Social media is a powerful platform, but tweets about the love of Christ don't tweet themselves.
What’s on your Linkedin profile?