What questions do you ask yourself before posting to social media? Social media is an ingenious creation often used to boost our self-esteem rather than esteem our God. We turn to it for approval rather than to Him for His blessing. We look outwardly for satisfaction rather than heavenly for direction. These markers are social indicators of our praise-driven culture that likes to remain socially relevant whether or not a particular post has our God’s favor.
God’s word instructs us that when we sit at home, walk along the road, lie down and get up (online) we should be committed to sharing this one thing – his commands (Deuteronomy 6:5-8). Granted this is an Old Testament charge but the New Testament echoes it: I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. – Hebrews 8:10
If then we are His people, called by His name, how shall His people post, Tweet and provoke others to discover the beauty of this God?
Here are a few more questions that may help guide our online behavior:
1. Does this post emerge out of a sense of alienation or communion with God, ourselves or others?
2. To whom does the post point - me as a means of self- promotion, others as a means of people- pleasing or to God and His use of us or others for His glory?
3. If this post does not receive a single like, how will I feel? If this post receives more than 50 likes will my sense of personal significance change?
4. Whose affection or attention do I desire to attain?
5. What is represented in the post? Does the image or language honor or reject the holiness of God and the conferred holiness of human kind?
6. Does the image help others or lead them into greater temptation or sin?
7. Does the image or language glorify my personal bondage or point to higher ground away from the fold of inviting sin?
8. God’s word reads, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples” (John 13:35). Does this post demonstrate this type of love for another believer?
9. What is the Holy Spirit prompting me to post but I am reluctant to and why?
I pray that in all your tweeting, posting, 'graming, blogging and snapping you express commitment to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, and strength and to love the love your neighbor as yourself. Would you pray this for me as well?
Happy, joyful posting to you!
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Amelia E. Thompson loves to see God create possibility out of what appears to be impossible. She became a Christian during her sophomore year in college. She and friends developed We Write Life into a platform for building community around issues of justice, reconciliation and forgiveness. Thanks to God’s guidance and kindness, she completed studies at Vassar College and St. John’s University and is completing a certificate in Youth and Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary.