“I think it’s important,” he said, “that we be informed but not consumed. I’m a dad and a friend to many. That comes first. Always.”
Marty Duane, Scribing The Journey
Are we, as Christians, being offended first, or thinking strategically about how to reach people with the Gospel. Where in the Gospel does it say Christians will have it difficult except in America?
In America, Christians can have a utopia, right? So, we look at difficulties in sharing our faith in public places as an offense and totally anti-American when we should be looking for strategic opportunities where we, as a church, can use bridging concepts to share our faith with another religion, belief, or people group.
How is your offense off-putting?
- Read the comment section of any political post. How would a non-believer read it or even another people group?
- Are we sharing our point of view in a discussional tone or are we just another angry American Christian? Better ways exist to say the same thing. Ask questions instead and learn their point of view.
- Did you verify your sources? Even so-called conservative or liberal sites are wrong or steeply biased. Jon Acuff made this observation (paraphrased quote): Where are the unbiased news sources? Every news source as an agenda–an outcome they’d like to see post-social media campaign.
- Lastly, are we training our children to know what different religions believe, who the people groups are in school, their cultures, and how to ask questions so conversations open to talk about Jesus of the Bible? Without knowing their background, you’ll offend other religion and people groups, and that door will close. For lasting fruit, keep that door open with the right words.
Posts that create lasting impact respect the others’ opinion and right to believe differently than you. Christian Americans need to start thinking beyond the red, white, and blue. It’s wonderful to be patriotic, but let’s pause a moment to think about what is more important and how our social media should be used. Remember, Social Media is global.
- Verify the stories you are sharing. Are they true? Sharing false stories is sin.
- Is our “revolution” causing us to sin? Are we justifying violence or hatred in the name of some cause we stand behind?
- Is our anger or compassion coloring our decisions and words?
- Could it be said better? Write out a first draft and let it rest. Revisit it later to determine if it is appropriate and reflective of the Christian Jesus wants you to be.
Our prayer for you is, as you serve online, that you engage people to develop those relationships so trust is established giving you the freedom to share the Gospel with them or help them find a church to attend as a Christian.
In the comments, tell us how you are using social media to build community and your church.