Is Social Media A Virus

Everywhere you look today people are fascinated with social media.   This country is obsessed with it.  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and I am sure there are many more that I am not aware of.  What is happening to our society?  People don’t even talk anymore.  We text each other.  I am guilty of it.  I would rather text than talk.  I find it easier and I can do it at my convenience.  Social Media also is intrusive in my life.  I have Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.  I do have a Twitter account but don’t know how to use it. 

What is this fascination?  It’s the ability to have information at your fingertips instantly.  It’s instant gratification.  We can keep track of the doings of our family and friends.  We get to see things as they happen.  But think of all the things we read that are meant to confuse or misinform us for other people’s gain.  The virus’s that are swimming through those sites just waiting to grab your phone or computer.  That leads to the question of is social media good for us?  Is social media a good place for someone trying to lead a Christian life?  Paul tells us in 1Corinthians 10:23-24: “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.  Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being.”  It is not against the law for us to be a part of social media, but is it good for us? 

What example as Christians are we setting by the posts we “like” “love” “wow” “hahaha” or share?  Do me a favor, go to your Facebook page, look at your history.  Would someone say, “She/he is obviously a Christian?  I would like to be like them.”

Be honest with yourself.  There is an ugly political climate in this country whether you be right or left, elephant or donkey.  There are ugly mean posts out there.  Are you liking or sharing some of these?  Are you helping to spread that attitude?  You have the right to feel how you feel but think about what you put out there.  People of all beliefs see you.  What kind of image are you giving them?  Are you making a statement that is backed by the Bible?  Romans 12:2: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”  Colossians 3:17: “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

So look at your social media.  Would God be proud of the things you have shared or liked?  Would you be able to convert a new believer with your page or would you look like a “Sunday morning Christian”?  Think about it. 

Have a Blessed Day

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