I’ve got a super quick challenge for everyone reading this. Specifically this is aimed at Christians on social media but also applies to real life (yeah that still exists!).
As Christians we’re called to love others. So why are we among the first to point others’ flaws out? Why are we among the first to tear each other down on social media? Why do we always make things about us, speak as though we’re the authority on things we don’t know about? Why do we judge first, apologise later (usually after someone’s nudged us)?
1 Thessalonians 5:11-14 says “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.”
Matthew 23:12 says “For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
Pretty convicting huh?
Social media has its advantages but the fact it’s given everyone a voice, a confident ‘behind the keyboard’ voice, is a serious negative. The sheer number of opinions and cute cat videos we scroll past on a daily basis also means we automatically react to something before thinking, another big negative. Social media likes to make us believe we’re more connected than ever but in reality it’s tearing us all apart and isolating us.
So here’s your challenge this week (and beyond!)… (you skipped to this part didn’t you?!)
Take a moment before commenting on a post/sharing a status and ask yourself 2 really simple questions.
1. Is there a context or something I’m missing?
2. Does what I’m about to “say” need to be said?
That’s it, that’s your homework for this week. So let’s spread love not hate online, eh? As the parting words from Hollyn in the video below says “I wanna love with my life.”
Bonus challenge (for additional credit)…
Actually read something before commenting on it.