CANNIBAL AND VAMPIRE
As Christians we are witness for Christ whether we realize it or not. And it is important to represent Christ well not only in your daily life but also online.
Most likely you have more people on a daily basis watching your life online than in person. That’s why it’s so important to be aware of the influence your life has on others and how that reflects on Christ.
1.Let your posts reflect your godly life
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Our lives are our testimonies to the world. If we claim to be Christian and don’t live like it, it can have an effect on how somebody views Christ because of us and whether they get saved or not.
When sharing about Christ with people I discovered that some of them do not believe because they have people in their lives that claim to be Christian but lead immoral lives. And those bad examples of Christians cause unbelievers to harden their hearts towards God.
We should not only live lives that honor God but also let that translate into our social media. Instead of posting pictures of you drinking with friends (even if you are not drinking yourself or drinking a little bit) better post a picture of you with your friends from the church or how you spend time outside with your family.
We should be different from the world and not try to fit in, including on social media, to just be like everybody else.
2. Be humble on social media
“Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.””
While the worldly culture of social media is al about showing off cars, houses, accomplishments, or even fit bodies, we as Christians should be different.
Sure, if you got accepted to the university of your dreams or you got a dream job – it’s okay to share that with your friends. But it’s all about the motivation that lies behind us posting those things.
We should not be motivated by the desire to be better than others nor should we seek the praise of men. Posting about something good happening in your life should not be out of the desire to make others jealous but rather should be motivated by the desire to celebrate it with them.
3. Do not be or appear self-centered
“One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.”
With everybody posting selfies now it’s so easy to become addicted to seeking the approval of others online. However, we as Christians know our true identities in Christ that don’t come from what other people think of us.
While there is nothing particularly wrong with a selfie in itself, especially if you are together with friends there, I think we should still be keeping the number of them limited.
Unless you are a make up blogger, you should not be posting selfies of yourself every day. Even if you are not self-centered in your heart, it might appear that way to others. Nobody likes a narcissistic person and that will not reflect well on Christ.
This is something I myself have to also be cautious about. Selfies are great when there is nobody else to take a picture of you and when you just simply want to connect to people on social media better.
When posting a selfie our motivation should be to connect or share something that is happening in our lives, not to show off how beautiful or handsome we are.
4. Be modest on social media
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
Social media is tricky because we not only have to consider what we wear but also whether it’s in the right context. While it is okay to reveal a little more skin on the beach, I personally don’t think it’s okay to post a picture of myself wearing a swimsuit.
I think dressing modestly also means dressing in the right context, and while the beach would allow for a little more skin, social media would be the wrong context for it.
We should decide for ourselves what exactly modesty in clothes means for us and how that translates into our social media.
Another word of caution is taking pictures in positions that specifically aim to reveal or make seem bigger a certain part of our bodies. We as Christians should know better than anybody else that our worth is not found in how much likes a sexual picture will get us.
Our worth is found in Christ and we are too valuable to make sexual objects out of ourselves online.
5. Be intentional about your posts
Try to make your posts to be an encouragement to others. Something that helps them to connect with you better and get inspired to become a Christian themselves or be a better one.
I am not advising spamming anybody with Bible verses, but posting Scripture every once in a while and explaining what it means could be helpful.
You could also just post pictures of your Bible and how much you enjoy reading it and what you have learned while you had your devotional that day. You could also post pictures of you serving and enjoying time in the church.
This can inspire other Christians to serve more and it can show unbelievers that church is fun and a friendly community to be a part of.
Written by: Kristina Piatachenko. This article is originally published at forHisjoy.com. Used with permission.