Social Media Tips for Believers: How to Become a Voice of Wisdom and Grace in Today’s Online World
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“He who corrects and instructs a scoffer gets dishonor for himself, And he who rebukes a wicked man gets insults for himself. Do not correct a scoffer [who foolishly ridicules and takes no responsibility for his error] or he will hate you; Correct a wise man [who learns from his error], and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man and he will become even wiser; Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning.” (PROVERBS 9:7-9 AMP)
Find a Christian-related post on social media with lots of engagement and you’re likely to find negative comments from people that the Bible calls “scoffers”.
God’s word teaches us that the wise thing to do when seeing these comments is not to try to convince them, because you can’t. You’ll just get insulted and become angry.
“Surely the churning of milk produces butter, And wringing the nose produces blood; So the churning of anger produces strife.” (PROVERBS 30:33 AMP)
The anger, if unrestrained, will lead to strife:
“The beginning of strife is like letting out water [as from a small break in a dam; first it trickles and then it gushes]; Therefore abandon the quarrel before it breaks out and tempers explode.” (PROVERBS 17:14 AMP)
Soon a full-out war of words erupts and both parties start to insult each other.
In the end, God is not glorified, and unbelievers who read the exchange mock Christians for this public display of foolishness.
Jesus spoke these wise words:
““Do not give that which is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, for they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” (MATTHEW 7:6 AMP)
Correction and instruction are to be reserved for wise people who are teachable and want to learn from their mistakes.
They can see the value of your words and your good intentions.
When you follow God’s wisdom regarding this, you are the one reaping the benefits:
“If you are wise, you are wise for yourself [for your own benefit]; If you scoff [thoughtlessly ridicule and disdain], you alone will pay the penalty.” (PROVERBS 9:12 AMP)
The Internet is filled with two types of opposing voices: God’s voice (anointed sermons, articles, online Bibles, Bible-based social media posts) and the voice of the world (everything sinful which is influenced and instigated by the devil and his demons).
Just like how Wisdom (representing Jesus) calls out to the naive and inexperienced:
“Wisdom has built her [spacious and sufficient] house; She has hewn out and set up her seven pillars. She has prepared her food, she has mixed her wine; She has also set her table. She has sent out her maidens, she calls From the highest places of the city: “Whoever is naive or inexperienced, let him turn in here!” As for him who lacks understanding, she says,” (PROVERBS 9:1-4 AMP)
And the foolish woman (representing the world) also calls out to the same naive and inexperienced people:
“The foolish woman is restless and noisy; She is naive and easily misled and thoughtless, and knows nothing at all [of eternal value]. She sits at the doorway of her house, On a seat by the high and conspicuous places of the city, Calling to those who pass by, Who are making their paths straight: “Whoever is naive or inexperienced, let him turn in here!” And to him who lacks understanding (common sense), she says,” (PROVERBS 9:13-16 AMP)
With these two voices calling out for our attention, sooner or later we will go into the house of one of them -
either to enjoy increased blessings, or end up suffering the natural consequences of sin.
If someone walks past Wisdom’s house, they will likely go into the foolish woman’s house.
As Christians, we should collectively use our online presence and reach to help amplify God’s voice and drown out the world’s voice, like Wisdom’s maidens.
While calling out, the words we use are also important.
There is no point in shouting loudly in the streets (by posting frequently) but using words that don’t glorify God or help His agenda:
“Do not let unwholesome [foul, profane, worthless, vulgar] words ever come out of your mouth, but only such speech as is good for building up others, according to the need and the occasion, so that it will be a blessing to those who hear [you speak].” (EPHESIANS 4:29 AMP)
Make it a principle to follow: Only post what is good for building others up and to be a blessing.
That means no judging, criticism, condemnation which is being a hypocrite as Jesus pointed out:
““ Do not judge and criticize and condemn [others unfairly with an attitude of self-righteous superiority as though assuming the office of a judge], so that you will not be judged [unfairly]. For just as you [hypocritically] judge others [when you are sinful and unrepentant], so will you be judged; and in accordance with your standard of measure [used to pass out judgment], judgment will be measured to you. Why do you look at the [insignificant] speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice and acknowledge the [egregious] log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me get the speck out of your eye,’ when there is a log in your own eye? You hypocrite (play-actor, pretender), first get the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” (MATTHEW 7:1-5 AMP)
As Christians, our role is simply to invite the naive and inexperienced to enter our Mistress’s house to learn the ways of God and enjoy the blessings, not to wage cyber warfare on them.
God is inviting the world to receive wisdom for their own good. It’s a proclamation made out of love.
Let us represent the One whom we serve correctly by extending love and grace to everyone, both online and offline.
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