Last week, I offered some encouragement to all of you to stay the course and, if necessary, renew the correct course in your lives. In the start of a new year many commit to doing things different and redefine the “normal” in their lives. Things like making commitments to eat healthier, exercising more, items of that nature. Although, these are good things, I left you with some goals that have eternal significance and not some that have merely a lifetime’s significance. This study is a follow up to these goals.
I am still relatively new to social media. I started an account several years ago when teaching a college and career group at my church, and found it a wonderful way to contact people and organize events. After I stopped teaching that class, I stopped using it for several years. At the beginning of last year, I started this website as a forum for these studies and have realized the vast potential that social media has. If a person wishes to share information with their friends its as easy as pushing a button on their phone, and I have seen this be a huge advantage for this ministry. In the big picture, social media has tremendous potential for spreading information when it is leveraged correctly. This is a great thing when the message is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
In my tenure as a police officer, I have seen vehicles used for good things and bad things. I have seen innumerable emergency vehicles save lives, but I have also seen several vehicles be used as weapons. One comes to mind of a person who ran another over with full intent, and murdered the victim the rest of the way with a hammer. Things can be used for good tasks and evil tasks, and social media is not immune.
I wanted to ask you the question today: What does your social media say about you? Does it reflect real life, or just what you want your friends to see? Furthermore, the main question is what do you want your friends to see? Do you want them to see things that make you look like you’re perfect, or do you want to use this forum to show yourself for who you really are? Do you want people to see what you “like” if you will. In this light, consider the message that you are sending to your friends.
The Book of James speaks well to how we should behave towards each other, and these rules apply to social media as well. We read in James chapter 3 about the human tongue and the need to control it. He uses the analogies of great ships being steered by small rudders, and a great forest fire being set by a small fire. He follows the later analogy in verse 6 that “the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness.” We begin reading verses 8 through 10: “but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.”
This is a powerful message for us in the first study of 2016. We are to align ourselves with God’s Truth, and before we push the “share” or “like” button we are to remember that there is a power that is being conveyed. Should we allow our social media to foster evil things, or should we drive our social media to be a reflection of The Gospel of Jesus Christ?
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James 3:10 – “From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.”