There are “some” wonderful opportunities that social media has given to Christians…
I appreciate the posts that folks make on social media on behalf of their Christian faith. Some will regularly post a random Bible verse. (Psalm 35:28 “My tongue will proclaim your righteousness, your praises all day long.”) Some find a pretty picture that has a saying about God or a Bible verse associated with it and choose to put that as their post.
Through social media we have the opportunity to share prayer needs quickly and that is a rich blessing. (1 Thess. 5:11 “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”) We may inform people about events upcoming at the church. (But, remember that not everyone sees what you post, so make the personal contact as well!)
Sadly, there are “many” disturbing things about Social Media and Christians…
Some people like to make posts that brag about their involvement in church activities as if to say, “look at me doing the work of God!” The problem is, the things we do are to be done quietly. (Matthew 6:5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.”) A real faith (perhaps better, a mature faith) does what it does not to draw attention to itself, but to the glory of God. Doing good things is a responsibility of a Christian, not something that we brag about. Remember, the good we do comes from God and He deserves the glory. (Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.) Some people make a show of their piety and want to be noticed. It’s better when someone else notices the good work you do and makes a post giving thanks to you and glory to God.
When someone presents themselves publicly as being a Christian but makes negative, sarcastic or condescending posts, that reflects on peoples view of both them and their faith. If Christians are these folks who post half nude bathroom photos, gripe constantly about their boss, post in anger, or make too many political rants (I point the fingers at myself too) then what is that witness saying to others? Sometimes our words may be misconstrued and result in anger. Then, instead of clearing things up, people become unwilling to converse and may ‘unfriend’ you instead of trying to understand what you mean. (“Let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.” James 1:19)
Finally, there is also simply the amount of time people spend on social media. Here’s an idea, phone someone, visit with them or go somewhere and meet with them. Also, get in the Bible and read it and attend worship and Bible study instead of just talking about your faith, you could/should be living the life of real faith. The family meets every Sunday at the Church not on the internet. Social media cannot replace the church. (“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” Hebrews 10:25)
I will continue to use social media as a tool, but I hope to use it more as a positive witness and reflection of faith than a tool of distraction and contradiction to the Gospel. I hope you do the same.