1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
Social media can be both boon and bust. Post something happy like the birth of a child or the purchase of a new car, and it's all sweetness and light. Post something controversial, be it political or religious, and sit back and watch the sparks fly.
You're liable to get burned.
I recently read a post by one of my Christian blogging friends who is so over the negative, lambasting comments made by other Christians on Facebook, she has decided to take a hiatus from the entire social media scene for the sake of her own sanity. I hear her. I understand.
I feel her pain.
Because I've gone through the same experiences when opinions and even blogs I've posted have met with caustic comments from those who profess to follow Jesus. It cut me to the quick. And it left me confused and discouraged.
As Christians, we won't agree on every issue and we certainly have a right to our opinions, but isn't there a better way to discuss our differences than to bare fangs at one another? To build each other up, not tear each other down? Can't we make room for understanding? For empathy? For grace?
Jesus thought so. Otherwise, why would He have come to give His life for us when we were yet sinners? Sinners in need of His forgiveness. Sinners who need to forgive those who revel in being social media sharks, remembering that they, too, are human beings with feelings and hopes, dreams and shortcomings.
We are, each and every one of us, equal on the sinners' playing field.
Can't we simply let God be the referee?
Can't we, as teammates with Christ, build each other up in love?
Can we learn to disagree with one another without trampling upon hearts and souls?
It is a challenge.
Yes, indeed, it is.
Are you ready to take it on?
As you interact with others on social media, how do/can you build them up?
Prayer: Father, the anonymity of social media brings forth so many temptations to speak our minds before considering the feelings of others. As we follow You in our Christian walk, may our messages sent and shared be true and purposeful in Your ways. May we always encourage and build others up for Your honor and glory. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.