How should a Christian use Social Media?

We have access to far more people in the digital world than in our physical neighborhood. Christians can optimize our social media presence and influence to engage our world with truth, hope, and the good news of Jesus Christ. With social media, we can think of the entire world as our neighbor. Christians who chooses to use Social Media should keep in mind that our motives and actions matter to God. - 1 Corinthians 10:31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. We are responsible for our online behaviour as much as we are responsible for our in-person behaviour. We need to treat every post with the same care and consideration as our face-to-face words. Christians who choose to participate in social networking should be aware of the negative aspects of social networking. It should be remembered that not everyone on the Internet has pure motives, and we should use safety precautions. - 2 Timothy 2:16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. Studies have shown that overuse or wrong motives in social media participation can breed narcissism, excessive self-love and preoccupation with self. We need to use every platforms God has given us, to glorify Him and to try to add value to other people’s lives. We live in the age of misinformation or “fake news” and a lot of people are really quick to share things that are not true. We need to make sure that when we’re saying things that it’s based upon truth, that we’ve done a good job of researching and what we’re giving to people is going to be helpful. - Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. As Christians on social media platforms, we need to endeavor to - • Think like Jesus. Our posts should be consistent with biblical truth. We don’t tear down other Christians even when we disagree with them. We are honest about the world around us. • Be like Jesus. These character traits should be evident in our every post: patience, joy, peace, love, gentleness, self-control, faithfulness, humility, and kindness. It’s more work to translate those qualities to social media. • Act like Jesus. Our online identity should include our priorities as Christians: worship, Bible study, prayer, service and evangelism. The biggest challenge is to make them real and natural, not contrived or off-putting.

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