Thursday, February 12, 2015

From my Heart: Christians & Social Media

This week I have been burdened about things I have seen posted on our social media that have left me confused. Now, I am NOT talking about people that don't claim to be Christians.  I am talking about people who name the name of Jesus, and are identified as Christians, talking as if there is no moral absolutes.  For example, several times this week I have read, "what may be wrong for some, may not be wrong for others".  That message is a message of confusion and the Bible tells me that confusion is NOT from God.  1 Corinthians 14:33 (NKJV) says: For God is not the author of confusion but of peace as in all the churches of the saints.

I just want to speak from my heart: If you are a Christian,  the Bible is our guide to what is right and what is wrong; not our emotions or preferences.  Now, I agree that many Christians argue over what certain scriptures actually mean, but the Bible is God's Word and is the Christian's guide to life.  Of course, the Holy Spirit lives in us and helps us understand God's word as well.  I can hear some of you now saying, "I live by grace!".  I live by grace also and I am nothing without Christ in me. (Galatians 2:20, Colossians 1:27)  However, Romans 6:1-2 (NLT) says: Should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?

I want to say up front, I am not judging anyone by their social media posts.  However, I do believe that some posts are causing great harm in the Kingdom of God.  We all have opinions and we all have preferences, but if we don't submit these under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, then we can be used of the enemy. It is very confusing when we say we are Christians and then we are approving and even supporting things that God's word CLEARLY says is wrong.   Last week in our Ladies' Sunday school class, we were studying in Judges at the time when there were no kings.  As we read through the scriptures, I was shocked at how our generation today sounds so much like the generation then.  Judges 21:25 (NLT) says: In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes. What do you think?  Sound familiar? However, as Christians, we do have a King; His name is Jesus.

I just want to encourage us all to represent Jesus when we post, write, or speak.  If our motive is to push OUR preferences and OUR opinions that contradict the Word of God, then we are not representing Jesus, we are just representing self.

23 Jesus answered and said to him, If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.

John 14:23-24