using social media as a ministry

I’ve been wanting to write this topic for a while now because I think it’s something followers of Christ should be considering if they are on social media.  There are a lot of Christians who are wary of social media and over sharing for numerous reasons, but they are missing out on a great opportunity to share Christ’s love with their friends in a subtle way.

Over the last several months I’ve been reevaluating my reasons for using social media. It seems like most people see it as a platform for getting attention, harassing other people, and other unbecoming behaviours.  However, social media can be used for GOOD. Here are some examples of how you can shine the light of Christ through social media:

Share photos of favourite Bible verses or Christian song lyrics.
There are so many great images online that are perfect for posting.  You can pick verses that are important to you, or some you just really like.  I also like to use verses and song lyrics as my profile cover image on Facebook, as seen below.

“And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” Mark 16:15

Talk about current events and issues from a Biblical standpoint.
Are you tired of seeing posts about pro-life versus pro-choice?  Make a bold move and share your thoughts, and back them up with scripture.  If you are unsure about what verses might relate to your topic of choice, do a quick internet search.  Be prepared for some backlash, or people starting a debate with you if you decide to address a hot topic. The Bible doesn’t tell us being a Christian is easy, but it IS worth it.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Share articles and posts from Christian blogs.
I am shamelessly suggesting my own blog posts here, but sharing God-honouring content is a great way to subtly introduce people to the idea of Christianity.  I like to share articles that talk about current issues, because it is an easy segue way into a possible discussion with my friends.  I also will share good articles about God-honouring marriages, since marriage in general seems to be unimportant to many people.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8

Avoid causing conflict or drama.
Debating issues is one thing, but insulting your friends on Facebook is just rude, and honestly, quite un-Christian!  Even if we disagree with someone’s viewpoint we should respond in love.  Sometimes that may mean privately messaging them, or just not saying anything at all.  Being unkind to people, whether it is online or in person, is not showing a Christ-like example.  We are instructed in the way we are to treat other in numerous passages of scripture, and it must be important since God made it the second greatest commandment!

“And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”” Mark 12:28-31

By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:35

Remember that you are always representing Christ.
Ask yourself if what you are posting is an going to please or displease God. Are your comments, posts, likes, etc accurately representing what a Christian life looks like?  If not, it is time to reevaluate.  Social media can be a fun and used for good, but it can also be used in unwholesome ways.  I encourage you to be mindful of every single thing you do online, especially social media.

Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2

 

About Christina

20-something; rural dwelling; wife to David; homeowner; pretty good cook; wearer of skirts; friend to all cats.

5 comments on “using social media as a ministry

  1. Yes to all of this! Especially your final point. I think it’s so important that the Christian faith is represented on the Internet, and that God’s presence is known, even on social media platforms. Matthew 5:14-16!

  2. I have to confess that I often am not…Christ-like on social media, as I know you have seen. Honestly, it is something I work on, and struggle with, but I also have very…opinionated views (lol) and it is hard to refrain from sharing those, or sharing images/posts that relate to those. I know though, that what I share and post has led to people being surprised when I state that I am a Christian, and that I have a strong faith in God. They think I am lying, or exaggerating, and I know that is based on what I share via social media. I’ve considered making new accounts, but I have my Gma listed as a Facebook friend, and she passed away in 2012. I have other loved ones and friends on that account too, that have since passed away, and that’s my reason for not making a new account, as silly as it sounds.

    Now that I’ve typed up a novel haha, my point is that I’m going to try harder to share and post more positive, God-centered things via my accounts. I want more people to come to know the love of the God I know and love…which means I need to do a better job of ministering in that regard. So, thank you for this post!

    Also, not that this really ties in, but I have to share my favorite Bible verse for anything: John 14:27. It was my Confirmation verse as well, and my then-Pastor’s verse (he has since retired). Very special to me. :)

    • I also struggle with being opinionated, but the way I see it is that I likely won’t change anyone’s mind by ranting about an issue. If I feel very strongly about something I will type up a well thought out post and share scripture if applicable.

      I commend you for realizing you need to be doing something different! Not everyone is willing to do that.

      Thanks for sharing your favourite verse, too!

      • Yeah, coming off as being harsh and critical of what you think is the wrong view (lol) is definitely not going to win anyone to your way of thinking. It’s so easy to get in the habit of sharing the posts that align with your views (or mostly align), and usually those are fairly hostile.

        I don’t share my blog too much (when I first started it, I was not really the same person I am now) but I also don’t want to start from scratch, because I like my url. I could delete old posts – I have gone through and edited them as I’m able.

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