What Would Jesus Post?

Having spent most of the last decade on Facebook, I have seen the good, the bad, and the downright ugly.  I have a variety of friends, with a wide variety of perspectives on life, so naturally there will be content that is, inappropriate, offensive, or false.  I expect to find these things, but I start really having trouble when I see inappropriate things posted by Christians that I know. Some things cause me to just cringe, and wonder, “Who else is seeing this, and how is this affecting your witness.”  So, I humbly offer some helpful hints on what is not appropriate social media content for believers to post. I realize that I do this at the risk of sounding judgmental, but well, when has that ever stopped me:

 

  1. THE ANGRY POST:  We get it. You’re mad at a friend (or maybe a spouse).  You feel like the world needs to know how this individual has wronged you, so that they may be shamed.  The problems with posts like this are that 1) they make you look petty, 2) they will not correct the wrong behavior, and 3) they do not demonstrate the forgiveness that Christ requires of us because we are forgiven.
  2. THE “GOD AS A GENIE IN A BOTTLE” POST:  The Creator of the universe does not exist to grant you wishes.  You are NOT God’s master, He is yours. Don’t get it twisted. Do you want to receive things from God?  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Phil. 4:6, NIV)”  
  3. ANYTHING THAT GLORIFIES DRINKING OR DRUG USE:  “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8, ESV)”  This includes everything from the pictures of you sloshed in the club or passed out on the bathroom floor to the “WHAT ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE ARE YOU?” quiz.  This will not lead people to the conclusion that life in Christ is different than life in the world. This category also includes the “420” posts. It is not a secret code.  Everybody knows that it’s Pot Day. And your pastor does not want to think of you stoned (and neither does your grandmother, by the way).
  4. ANYTHING THAT GLORIFIES ILLICIT SEX OR PORTRAYS PEOPLE AS SEX OBJECTS:  This should not have to be said in 2018, but apparently it still does. Half nude women (or men) with song lyrics do not present these people as ones whom Christ loved and died for, but instead present them as something to be used and discarded.  This is not behavior fitting a child of the Eternal King.
  5. THE “MESSAGE FROM THE DECEASED” POST:  Read Luke 16:19-31. See if you see ANY room there for the dead to send a message to the living.  If that were possible, many dead would come back to warn people not to go to hell. Any belief that the dead can communicate with the living is heresy.
  6. THE “MAKE THIS GUY FAMOUS” POST:  I scream at my screen every time that I see one of my Christian friends share one of these.  They come in several forms, but primarily it’s along the lines of, “This man beat this baby. Share his picture until he’s brought to justice.”  The first question that always comes to my mind is, “Is this true?” It was originally posted by Tiffany in Oshkosh. Do you know her? Do you know that she didn’t just pull pictures off the internet to make this post?  Do you know the man that you’re accusing? Remember Exodus 20:16, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” By reposting this, you are doing exactly that.
  7. THE RACIST POST:  Also, one that should not have to be said, particularly to a Christian!
  8. THE FLAMING POST:  You know these posts.  They use terms designed to “flame” or create an antagonistic response in another, or an entire group of people. First, calling an entire group of people insulting names will NEVER win them to your point of view.  All you will do is cement their negative opinion of you and the faith that you claim. Instead, try listening to them and looking for opportunities to present the gospel to them. And be sure that you’re leading them to Christ, not to your political party.  They are definitely not the same thing!

 

Keeping these things in mind will guard your witness.  Keep in mind the words of Ephesians 4:15, “But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into him who is the head–Christ.”  (CSB). Particularly, keep in mind the truth and the love, the way Christ does!

 


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