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Date: 09.06.17
Maybe It’s Not a Good Idea to Post That Post

I enjoy social media because it’s a great way for me to keep in touch with family and friends. I like perusing the pictures they post and reading their reflections online. But sometimes social media is also grievous. Because—as perhaps you have also realized—there are few places where the condition of the human heart can be so obviously seen than online.

Granted, I am often blown away by the kindness shown from one stranger to another through online platforms, but I am even more blown away by the human tendency to become quickly offended.

It seems that some folks are quick to jump to conclusions, rushing to judgment about a situation they know little of. They jump on the bandwagon of bad-mouthing someone they have never met because it feels safer to say mean things behind a screen than in person. But as Christians we are called to a higher standard.

It takes care and wisdom to know when and how to insert one’s beliefs or opinions into an online conversation. We must remember that the most godly and loving thing to do may be to not say anything at all when online conversations get heated, and when we do speak (or text, message, tweet, or post) to be kind.

2 Timothy 2:14; 23-24 says,

“Warn them [the believers in Ephesus] before God against quarreling about words; it has no value and only ruins those who listen . . . Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.”

How would the world be different if we took these words to heart? How would others see the love of Christ more in the body of Christ? What kind of amazing impact could that have?

I think these words from Paul weren’t just for Timothy; they are for us now as we not only speak, but text, message, tweet, and post. We are called to be a light to the world, including the online one.

I’d love to hear your thoughts below.

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15 thoughts on “Maybe It’s Not a Good Idea to Post That Post

  1. Thank you for this Shana. It is something that needed to be said. Many look to social media to live their lives, gain attention, project their opinion, and receive affirmation, among other motives. We are to be salt and light. There’s enough hatred and tension in the world . Why contribute to that?! Christ, along with His message, needs to be promoted as the center, focus and answer for EVERYTHING. Nothing more, nothing less. Amen. Thank you again for sharing this.

    1. Hi, Michelle.

      You are very welcome, Michelle. I really appreciate your thoughtful words and the reminder to keep Christ at the center.

      Many blessings to you–and thanks for reading!
      Shana

  2. GM Shana: I initiated a FB fast for Lent some years ago, and with little reservation, deactivated my personal FB account not long after. It hurt my heart to observe the frequent active online brawling of so-called “friends,” family & later the introduction of cyberbullies. Yuk! It had gotten messy online, and now it is downright vicious (not excluding the nation’s current Commander-in-Chief).

    Thank you for writing & sharing this soon to be timeless post.

  3. So so true! Even Christians who know each other say judgemental things via text or social media without knowing the situation. I have had to block a person and no longer have a relationship with her To let go of chaos being created

  4. Happy 3rd Anniversary.. I appreciate that love is a living thing…continues to grow…may God continue to bless you and Clark all the days of your life!

  5. Perfect timing as I just shut down yet another of my social media sites. It can be very difficult not giving an opinion. It’s best I just not read it and concentrate even more on what Jesus would do. Thank you for the reinforcement in your message. God Bless You Shana. 💖

  6. you are exactly right on in this post.
    I need to pay more attention to what I post Instead of voicing every thought through written word things I would not say probably if I were face to face

  7. We must speak the Truth in Love. Even Jesus offended some when He taught about the”hard saying”‘about eating His body. Many left him because of it. Those who hate us and some of our posts just comes withe territory if they hated Jesus they will hate us. It should not be a surprise and we should never water down our words. I don’t mean argue but we are to be salt and sometimes salt stings.

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  • Thank you for this Shana. It is something that needed to be said. Many look to social media to live their lives, gain attention, project their opinion, and receive affirmation, among other motives. We are to be salt and light. There’s enough hatred and tension in the world . Why contribute to that?! Christ, along with His message, needs to be promoted as the center, focus and answer for EVERYTHING. Nothing more, nothing less. Amen. Thank you again for sharing this.

    • Hi, Michelle.

      You are very welcome, Michelle. I really appreciate your thoughtful words and the reminder to keep Christ at the center.

      Many blessings to you–and thanks for reading!
      Shana

  • GM Shana: I initiated a FB fast for Lent some years ago, and with little reservation, deactivated my personal FB account not long after. It hurt my heart to observe the frequent active online brawling of so-called “friends,” family & later the introduction of cyberbullies. Yuk! It had gotten messy online, and now it is downright vicious (not excluding the nation’s current Commander-in-Chief).

    Thank you for writing & sharing this soon to be timeless post.

  • So so true! Even Christians who know each other say judgemental things via text or social media without knowing the situation. I have had to block a person and no longer have a relationship with her To let go of chaos being created

  • Happy 3rd Anniversary.. I appreciate that love is a living thing…continues to grow…may God continue to bless you and Clark all the days of your life!

  • Perfect timing as I just shut down yet another of my social media sites. It can be very difficult not giving an opinion. It’s best I just not read it and concentrate even more on what Jesus would do. Thank you for the reinforcement in your message. God Bless You Shana. 💖

  • you are exactly right on in this post.
    I need to pay more attention to what I post Instead of voicing every thought through written word things I would not say probably if I were face to face

  • We must speak the Truth in Love. Even Jesus offended some when He taught about the”hard saying”‘about eating His body. Many left him because of it. Those who hate us and some of our posts just comes withe territory if they hated Jesus they will hate us. It should not be a surprise and we should never water down our words. I don’t mean argue but we are to be salt and sometimes salt stings.

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