As We Walk in Social Media

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“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the father is not in them” – 1 John 2:15. What is in our world today? What are we taking from the world we live in and what are we letting influence us?  The biggest platform the world has is social media. Today in 2020, according to researchers, 3.8 million people use social media around the world (Kemp, 2020), on average we spend 6 hours and 43 minutes online each day (Kemp, 2020).  Now what if I told you the platform more than half the world uses is a platform where God’s messages means little and where sin is normalized.

More often than not, our media feeds are filled with an incredible amount of negativity–but this is normal to us. Scrolling through Instagram and seeing a lustful photo, someone cutting another person down for jokes, boasting in pridefulness, and so much more but this is what social media is and it should not be.  We have all lost sight of God’s word. “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “You shall love the lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind’. This is the greatest and first commandment, and the second is like the first: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophet“– Matthew 22:36-40. Insulting, disrespecting, bullying , these are not aspects of love. God gave us a commandment to abide by, to love our brothers and sisters, to love each other how he has loved us. If the world would follow in this direction, peace would set a pond on the earth but following in this trend is not following this commandment. It might not be a big deal because everyone gets a “kick out of it”, this in fact is the case with a lot of actions on social media.

Since we do not see anything wrong with our actions, and everyone is taking part in things alike, they must be ok to do we assume. Such as being prideful, boasting about what you have, looking down on the ones that don’t have what you have, making sure everyone knows “you got it on your own”, being too prideful to acknowledge what you have, God blessed you with,  because the ‘likes‘ and what people think matters more than giving God the glory. “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”  – Proverbs 16:18. As well as lust. Lust is all over social media. In the ads, the first comments on different post pages, the list goes on. “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” – Matthew 5:28. This creates the situation to where the people who entertain this simply sin.” This could even start a cycle of sin. They see these lustful images, pictures, ads, etc, then they fall into sin and go onto commit another sin of lust, a habit forms and this cycle is now something you find yourself dealing with. We do not see it as this though which goes back to the problem that sin and breaking God’s rules are normalized on social media. Now this begs the question how do we make this better?

What we can do:

Ask for forgiveness:

If we have fallen into this bubble where we have normalized some of these things in our life as I myself have, we must recognize this and repent. Change our way of thinking about this. Our God is great and merciful and by Jesus stripes we are healed. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us of our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” 1 John 1:19

Spread the word with your platform:  

As the sons and daughters of Christ we have a mission to spread the gospel, using your platform to do this whether little or small, whether its by putting scriptures under your post or sharing your church services, this creates an impact that can even lead to people coming to God by changing what someone sees on there feed. As Jesus said in Mark 16:15-16 – “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned”.

Create a positive change in social media:

This one will be the hardest of them all. It seems as if no one will listen to you if you’re not posting or talking about what’s hot on the internet, but we must put our pride away and know that there’s always a way to reach someone’s heart, the difficult part is finding what way that is.  We have to be vulnerable enough for God to use, we have to familiarize ourselves with his words to hear him speak to us, and we must step outside of our comfort zone to reach people that need to be reached.

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