SocialMedia: “Insta-Facing the Snap-Twitters”

Rules For Social Media
Rules For Social Media

 

Social Media: “Insta-Facing the Snap-Twitters” Today’s blog post is simple.  We Christians need to do our best to get along with those that disagree with us. We need to have a spirit of love and humility during conversations in person and on social media.  It is very easy to get into a heated debate through keyboard with someone of an opposing view than your own.  I know.  I’ve done it.  One thing these angry exchanges never do is change someone’s mind or improve relationships between those involved in the discussion.  When we start up a conversation with anyone and it leads to Jesus, it is an opportunity to plant the seed of the gospel message that God can grow into a relationship with Him.  

 

As Paul was sitting in prison, awaiting his execution, he wrote what we call the book of 2 Timothy.  It was his final message to Timothy,  his follower, close friend, “son in the Spirit,” and the one who would carry on after Paul received his reward.  In chapter 2:22-25, he told Timothy this:

 

22 Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
23 Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.
24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.
25 Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth,
26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil,who has taken them captive to do his will.

 

It’s quite simple.  When we disagree with others with gentleness and respect, we make it easier for them to listen.  In person, or on social media, every interaction we have with someone is an opportunity to lead them to Jesus.  Even when we disagree.  Especially when we disagree.
So spread the love, family.  Be gentle.  Be respectful.  Do your best to not be a hurdle between someone and Jesus.  Save the vitriol and hate-speech for the one that deserves it: the devil.  Don’t throw it at those that have been tricked by him.  It’s not entirely their fault.  He’s been lying and deceiving since the beginning.  We are the rescuers.  We reach out and help the hostages find their freedom.
Stay on mission!
In Him,
Adam

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