If a picture’s worth a thousand words, the right or wrong video is worth a million hits! That said, if you are in ministry, I caution before you post just any old thing. Social media will either propel your purpose for Christ or pollute it.
Christians should not be so “normal” within society that there’s no evidence of a difference so be proactive with your actions and words online. For that matter, you might want to get a grip on your self control in person as well. I mean it only takes a few seconds for someone to press record and even less time to post your antics for all the world to see!
Trust! I grew up in church, but I seriously almost threw up the deuces after high school because of what I saw! And that experience was in person! Now, there is an entirely different set of P.E.W.S. to consider: PEOPLE EVERYWHERE AT THE SAME TIME! (And yes, I realize that “simultaneously” would have fit that acronym better, but you do you and I will do me)!
I know what you’re thinking:
“I can just hide it from my time line.”
“I can just delete my comment!”
“I have privacy controls in place!”
“I’m covered by the blood!”
“We all Make Mistakes!”
Yes, I get it.
These are plausible excuses, but they are what they are: excuses!
I know I probably lost a few of you with that last comment, but hear me out as I work my way up from the bottom! Yes, the blood of Jesus covers every sin, however, the Father holds us more accountable the more we know. Basically, He is a good father and any parent knows there must be boundaries, warnings, and consequences…IN THAT ORDER!
God’s word clearly provides the parameters and for all the other stuff….“privacy” policies don’t really matter. Facebook’s ongoing court fiascoes are proof of that. It is still terribly easy for a person to reset a password on your social media account because of the cell phone number attached to it. Yes, peeps it’s sad but true!
Privacy does not apply to social media period!
So even if you remove a post later, it doesn’t negate the fact that you—YES, YOU alone have put yourself out there for the world to see! Even if it is only for a moment, that moment can never be retracted.
Once it’s posted, it’s permanent!
Wow…I’m not big on negativity and I can’t help but feel like a Debbie Downer with this post!
Yet, there is HOPE! You can avoid a lot of the pits of this public forum by relying on the Holy Spirit to lead You! Just Be Proactive!
My prayer is you consider the platform of social media as a means to glorify God and not to “messify” your witness! Yes, I made that word up! Basically, if you don’t want people to know about it tomorrow, don’t post it today!
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