“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:14
I write with a very conflicted heart this evening. I am saddened by the world we live in. I use social media for many reasons: to keep in touch with those who I don’t live close enough to see on a regular basis, to share photos with friends and family, and sometimes to just be silly and fun. Lately, I have used it more and more to be a light for Christ, and try to be an encouragement to others.
What I DON’T use it for is to be hateful, mean spirited or judgmental towards others. I will give my opinion on a topic and stand my ground on my viewpoint, but I refuse to get nasty and call specific people out on the carpet. If I have that much of a bone to pick with someone, I do it privately.
Social media has taken stating our opinions of things, people and issues to a whole new level and I am sorry to say, readers, it too often reaches a very ugly level. Personal issues are made public, and the claws come out. What is so worrisome to me is that too many really think this is ok because “we have freedom of speech.”
I have always told my kids that just because you CAN do something, it does not mean you SHOULD. Last evening I experienced a sad encounter. I stated my opinion on a post and was told that it was ok because the reason behind it justified the means and that people needed to know what another person was really like. I disagreed and knew I was not going to change the opinion. I chose instead to remove that person from my friends list. I don’t need that kind of negativity in my life nor do I want it on my social media pages. I was (and still am) very bothered by the whole encounter.
We all mess up and we all make mistakes. Maybe that is why so many choose to point out the flaws of others, so they don’t have to face their own. It has become ok to do this all over the computer screen. Why? What is our true purpose? Are we really that shallow that we have nothing better to do with our words?
As Christians, God tells us to build each other up. “He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. [ Final Instructions ] Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:10-12
I strive to be as positive as I can be and more than ever, look to Christ to guide my life and show me the path to take. I look to His Word to learn what is right and wrong, and attempt to the best of my ability to live by it. I realize more every day exactly how important it is to do this and how much more important it is to share with others, so they too can know and be baptized for the remission of their sins and spend eternity in Heaven with Him.
It is not always an easy way to live because I am human. I mess up like everyone else, so I am thankful that I have a God who knows me and my heart and He loves me beyond my understanding and He forgives me when I repent. I choose to pass that on to others.
It’s time to bring joy, love and encouragement back to social media and our everyday life. Build people up, don’t tear them down. Respect others. Treat others as you want to be treated. Is it really that hard? I hope not.
Until next time,