Proverbs 13:3 says, “The one who guards his mouth protects his life; the one who opens his lips invites his own run.”
After reading this verse in my quiet time this morning, I knew I had to blog about it. It reminded me of how in today’s society the Church can be just a bunch of noise. From the outside looking in we can look like a bunch of protestors making a whole lot of commotion. We say way too much on social media than we should which only stirs up anger and turns people away. In our modern culture today we could change this verse to say, “The one who guards his fingers from typing protects his life…” It hurts my heart to see some of the things Christians put out on their social media, things that hurt other Christians and turn away nonbelievers.
High depression rates in people today is no doubt the effect of social media. Don’t get me wrong, social media can be used as a great asset to the Church and in a lot of ways it has been, but it has damaged the view of Christianity for a lot of onlookers. We HAVE to strive to use our tongues and keyboards to spread the Word of Jesus, and not to bash those who fall.
For instance, our job is NOT to ridicule and slander the homosexual community and abortionists all over our social media. Our job is most certainly to educate, but over all our job is to put down our smart phones and go out and love on gay people, abortionists, and get this…wait for it… even people who have different political views than us! Okay… don’t hyperventilate… just take a deep breathe. Jesus followers, it is our job to love others through our posts and actions and love them well. Everyday your social media, actions, and words should be a reflection of Christ.