Should we, Christians, post what we are doing in social media?

Posted: January 26, 2015 in devotionals
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We have moments when we want to be credited for something extraordinary.

 

Take some videos, for example, or a post, we have the term ‘viral’, which means it is something that is being talked about, with a number of ‘likes’ in Facebook going up. We are a generation who are addicted to the praises of others, and I catch myself a lot of times, checking how many ‘likes’ does my Facebook posts have or my Instagram photos have. I found out that people are more likely to click like on a ‘picture’ than just a message. Chances of getting a ‘like’ is still higher when you post a picture than a video. Even greater chances of clicking the ‘like’ button is when the photo posted is viewable in mobile phones than in a desktop or a laptop.

which leads me to an interesting question…

Should we, Christians, post what we are doing in social media?

Turn your Bibles with me to Matthew 8:1-4. (Read before you continue reading!)

Jesus Christ just came from a great experience, preaching the sermon on the mount. People were following him. It was a great crowd that was longing to see more miracles, some, perhaps was following Christ because he was one who spoke with authority. No matter what the motives were, people were following Jesus. There was a leper who went to Jesus because he wanted to be healed. Jesus healed the leper but what struck me was what Jesus said…

“See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a proof to them.”

This was the perfect opportunity for Jesus to be well-known. Preaching a great sermon and doing something so awesome as healing a leper, that is something that could be used as a media tool in inviting people to the Kingdom of God. In this case, Jesus told the former leper to say nothing.

This story has valuable lessons for me, personally.

#1 Jesus didn’t help to get noticed.

He healed the leper because he was willing to help. Check out what the leper asked. ‘Lord, if you are willing…’

#2 Jesus cleansed the leper because he has the power to do so.

Lord, if you are willing…‘ He has authority not just in the sermon, but as well over the physical aspect such as leprosy. He is LORD. That means, Master. If He is Lord, we are to submit ourselves, even our own weaknesses and illness to His Lordship.

So what’s the relation to posting in social media?

There are times when Jesus would say ‘say nothing’, as the case of the leper, and there are times when He would tell the person he healed, ‘return to your home and tell what God has done for you’, as in the case of the demon possessed man (a few verses later, cross check it with Luke 8:39).

In using social media, there are times when we can just keep things to ourselves and there are times when we can post the of what God has done. The bottom line is this…we have to honor God even in our posts. God can see our motives, so we can’t really tell what’s going on. However, as the writer of Ecclesiastes said…

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven… (Ecc. 3:1)

There’s a time for everything, a time to post and a time not to post. So consider what you are posting. Check your motives. See if by posting, you Honor God. Sometimes, it’s best ‘not to say anything’.

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