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