Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Using Social Media as a Follower of Christ

 So for about half a year I have been praying and reflecting on social media. I have a friend who was talking about a topic that had become very heated, and asked a great question: "Does this topic you are fighting for help hurt your testimony?" At that point something in me clicked. God had used this question to get me thinking about how I use social media. 
 I had already cut back a lot of my political posts, but after this question I started thinking about how those posts affect those that need to hear the Gospel? Someone who disagrees with my political post might shut down when I try spreading the message of Christ. And yes I understand that some people will not like that statement and may call it cowardly, but what is more important? If someone is conservative or liberal politically, or if they are saved through Jesus Christ? So I stopped with the political posts, and sometimes I make a comment on someone else's post (usually a former student just trying to get them to see both points of view as valid arguments.)
 Then God showed me a way to use social media. Many people will post scripture, and that's great, but many non-believers don't know how that scripture applies to their current lives and so they will dismiss it. So God had me start sharing my sermon notes. Through this there may be those that are non-believers, or believers who don't attend a worship service for what ever reason to not only receive the Message, but to hear how it applies to our current lives because let's face it, the Bible IS applicable in today's society. 
 Now I'm not saying this the only positive thing you can do with social media. I also post stuff about my wife, boys, family, and friends, but I also have a lot of family and friends I don't see often and this gives them a way to still be connected in my life if they want to be. I also post nerdy stuff, and I mean a lot of nerdy stuff (to a point where another loves to make fun of it, and then we both laugh about it.) But these posts also help me connect with other nerdy people, so of which may not know the Gospel and now there is an open door to hear it through. 
 To my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, I challenge to pray and reflect on do your posts help or hurt your testimony?

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