A Christian is called to be a light wherever He goes, whether he or she is at home, at work, at the mall, at the gym, or in school. But does our identity as Christians change when we are not physically present somewhere? What about when we get on our computers or cell phones and step into cyberspace and onto our social media accounts?
Sadly, many believers forget this and take one step into social media and engage in a no-holds-barred word war. Many loving and gentle people seem to lose all reserve when they go online, and this proves true not only for Christians but for everyone.
Facebook has become a place to be nasty and hurtful to others without feeling the social consequences of doing so, and sadly Christians allow themselves to be among the perpetrators. But is this what God wants for believers who go online?
I believe God calls us still to be the light of the world whether in real space or cyberspace. Here are five ways that you can be a light of the world on Facebook and thus be a positive, rather than negative, testimony of our precious faith online.
5 Ways To Make Facebook A Blessing
Cut the strife and show the love.
Many times it is too easy to comment, post, and share ideas and statements online that are focused on strife and division, but a believer led by the Spirit of God will continue in love, peace, gentleness, kindness, and self-control even on comment boxes. We are called to “speak the truth in love.” We are not required to keep silent about issues that may not be politically correct but we are required when we speak to speak in a manner that demonstrates the love of God. John 13:35 reminds us,
“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Share what is beneficial, not what is permissible.
Sure that article, photo, or video is intriguing and interesting to you, but is it beneficial to people who see your news feed? Will it build them up or only tear them down? We are encouraged in 1 Corinthians 10:23 when it says,
“You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is beneficial.”
that we should focus on what is best, not what is allowed.
Be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
Are you the type of person who loves to rant on social media? I have to admit that I can be guilty of this at times, but the still small voice of God’s Spirit reminds me that Jesus meant for me to be a part of the solution, not a loudspeaker of the pessimism and hopelessness that is prevalent in our society.
Our message is a message of hope. That’s not to say that we shouldn’t be vocal about problems, but do your posts share hope or despair? Have you allowed cynicism to take root in your heart?
Feelings are hard to express and discern online, but they still exist on social media. Colossians 4:6 tells us,
“Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”
Read and reread the words you have written before clicking post.
Make it an opportunity to bless.
Never has it been easier to share ideas than it is today, but are you taking the opportunity to fill your feeds of your friends with truthful ideas that bless? God calls us, the body of Christ, to be a pillar of truth to all mankind and share Jesus Christ every opportunity we get to do so.