Do you realize that people watch how Christians interact on Social Media? They look at what we like, what we post, what we share, the pages we promote. Some do it without even thinking. They watch Christians for many reasons.
One reason, they expect us to do those things that are right in God's Eyes, so they look to us for guidance. Another reason, some look for us to mess up so they can call us out. Or maybe they are simply browsing your page because they are your friend. There are probably many other reasons people watch Christians on Social Media. The point is, they are watching.
Think about that for a minute and make it personal. You are being watched. Every like. Every post. Every share. Every page you promote.
The real questions we need to stop and ask ourselves right this second are:
"Am I living up to God's standards by the way I interact on Social Media?"
"If God judged me by what I like, post, share, and promote, would I go to Heaven when my life is over?"
Does Satan use me to bring shame and reproach upon God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the church?
Sit and ponder those questions for a bit.
Let's start with this one:
Colossians 3:5: "Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:"
We should mortify or cut out these earthly desires. We should not allow ourselves to be involved with or promote actions that will result in the vile sins of Colossians 3:5 or any other sins.
Ask yourself these questions:
Can this page or post possibly cause someone to lust or commit another sin?
Will people who see this page, post, like or share, that I have promoted look at me as just another worldly person?
Is this page/post, share, or like, involved in the sins that nailed Christ to the cross?
If you answered yes or maybe to any of those questions, you better move on without liking, sharing or promoting the page/post. Period! Don't put your soul in jeopardy! Don't do it.
There is another straightforward command that God has given us. Have you read 1 Thessalonians 5:22? Do you understand what it means? Let's read it.
1 Thessalonians 5:22: "Abstain from all appearance of evil." Did you notice that God says to abstain from ALL appearances of evil? No, not just some or a few, but "ABSTAIN FROM ALL …" In other words, God says Stop! Don't do it! Turn away from it!
And, yes, that means even on Social Media.
I have noticed posts and likes here lately that have made me step back and pause at the blatant disrespect shown towards God and His commands. Posts that have shocked me and made me sad. Sad for those posting. Sad for those liking and promoting sin. Sad that they are lending their influence to such things. Sad because it has hurt my Father, His Son, and the church that was purchased with his Son's precious blood. Sad because, unknowingly, (I hope) these people have allowed their souls to be in jeopardy to the evil one. And Satan smiles.
Why do we do these things? Are Christians trying to be part of the "in" crowd? Trying to support friends and/or family members in their endeavors or interest?
What if a person opened up a Liquor Store and asked you to like their page or support it on social media or promote it with a bumper sticker. Would you do it?
What if you knew that person and liked that person? Would you do it? What if it were a family member? Would you do it?
What if they opened up a bikini/lingerie shop? Would you support it/promote it? Would you do it?
What if it were a nightclub/Dance Hall? A restaurant that serves alcohol. Would you do it?
What if your friend watches tv shows that are full of sin, and they post about it? Will you get involved and let them know how much you love that show? Do you like the post because you don't want your friend to think you disagree with them? Or does it hurt your heart to see that someone is interested in things that would cost them their soul?
What Should I Do?
I, for one, think we have stood by and kept our mouths shut long enough. We have watched people involved in sin so long that we have desensitized ourselves.
We see people post pictures of their children involved in things we know they should not do and do nothing. We say nothing. We may even like the post.
Why? What has caused us to become like this? When did we start looking the other way when people sin?
Did we stop caring about their souls? What about the souls of their children? Do we care? Or are we too afraid of making them mad? Too scared they will leave the church?
What is our problem? More importantly, how can we fix it? Only by searching and obeying the word of God! Sin starts with me. I can either involve myself in it or refuse to let it have dominion over me and refuse to be a part of it in any way. We can obey God or give in to Satan, sin, and the world. The choice is in your hands. Your soul is in your hands. Choose wisely. Eternity awaits.
I will leave you with this verse:
2 Corinthians 13:5: Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
In Christian Love,