A CHRISTIAN’S GUIDE TO SOCIAL MEDIA (Part 1)

A Christian's Guide to Social Media

Your social media presence matters a whole lot more than you are acting like it does!

It’s morning again—BLEH—and you roll out of bed to start the routine. For most this will include a cup of caffeine (coffee if you love Jesus), a disgruntled look at yourself in the mirror, breakfast food of some sort (I’d recommend pizza), a little morning devo time and the obligatory social media check-in.

After 2 or 3 minutes of perusing pictures, watching a funny video of a bulldog riding a skateboard and hitting the “share,” or “like” button, you contemplate your own digital representation for the day.

“Hmmm… perhaps I should Pinterest the muffin I’m eating; my Facebook friends need to know my feelings about the weather; oh-oh-oh, that video of the guy falling needs to be seen by the world of Tumblr; time for my daily Instagram selfie, but not before grooming—not with this lighting anyway! Duck face?” [side note: if you are unfamiliar with the phenomenon known as “duck face” you are #blessed]

THE SOCIAL MEDIA MONSTER

Like it or not [insert thumbs up icon here], social media is taking over a significant portion of our lives.

Allow me to back that up with some stats that solely cover the US (links that validate these statistics are provided):

If your head isn’t spinning yet, allow me to share just one more fun, little statistic:

SO WHAT?!?!

I’m sure, by this point, you can see the value of social media from a business and marketing perspective. So what’s the take-away for the average Christ-claiming Joe or Jolene?

I think that’s pretty simple: your presence and presentation on social media matters because it’s a massive part of your testimony, and it absolutely matters more than most social media users are acting like it does.

If you think about it (and I mean really think about it), what you post online largely defines who you are and what you’re all about. Sure, the people you hang out with know you better than your Facebook friends but they only represent a small percentage of the people you’re actually interacting with daily.

While you may be a fascinating, intelligent, spiritually deep and caring individual, your posts that demolish the reputation of a local business, that make light of a slightly offensive joke, that voice a vehement political or social opinion… they don’t provide that impression.

And while you might be a devoted and passionate follower of Jesus, the sheer volume of cat videos, patriotic blurbs (don’t get me wrong… I love my country) and cliché motivational memes in comparison to what you have to say about your God is communicating something altogether different.

WHAT IF IT MATTERS?

Listen, I’m not trying to create an army of social media ministers—that would be terrifying. I don’t want you to blitz Facebook with out-of-context Bible quotes—preachers do enough of that from behind a pulpit anyway.

What I’m asking you to consider is: What if it matters?

What if your presence and personal presentation on social media are important? What if it’s significant to eternal things?

After a few long, frustrating years on multiple social media platforms, I believe that I’m informed enough to say: We all need some help. That’s what this series of blog posts is going to be about. Simple tips for Christians about how to use their social media.

And, just to get us started, here’s a generic one about which I feel very strongly:

STOP sharing or posting things that take the Lord’s name in vain, including the acronym “OMG” (abbreviations still count folks and even if you mean “Oh My Goodness,” no one reads it that way!).

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3 thoughts on “A CHRISTIAN’S GUIDE TO SOCIAL MEDIA (Part 1)

  1. Most can’t even begin to understand how non-Christian things permeate everything we do. Most Christians do not want to know that the Sabbath is not and has never been Sunday – that is a pagan day of sun worship. Or that the Bible specifically prohibits statues or praying to anyone except for Jeshua (there was no “J” in Hebrew”), YHWH (Father), the Ruach (Holy Spirit) or Elohim (Father, son and Spirit). Or that there is no way Jeshua was born on December 25th and that is yet another pagan holiday – along with Christmas trees which are also specifically warned against in the Bible.

    And speaking of Bibles, did you know most of them have been manipulated (which is why there are clear warnings to avoid adding to or taking away from the Word). This is why some are “King James only” – but be aware that now there is a corrupt newer version of the King James so year published and edition matters.

    Yes, what we do on social media matters. We must do our best not to lead others astray and that is a big order with magic, Satanic symbolism, witchcraft and even Christian churches that have been led astray for decades or even centuries. Do the best you can to represent the Truth. Keep learning; question everything; test it against prayer and The Word (just make sure you’re reading the RIGHT Bible). Yes, it is complicated. That is why we must surrender to Our Creator and let His Ruach (spirit) lead us to HIS Truth.

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