Social Media & the Believer Day 4: Our Content Tells a Story
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16, ESV)
Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you. (1 Corinthians 11:1-2, ESV)
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8, ESV)
If a complete stranger scrolled through your social media accounts, what would they learn about you? They may learn about your family members, your humor style, or your favorite things, but would they know that you’re a Christian? At a quick glance, would someone know what you believe? Or would you blend in with the rest of the crowd? While our social media is not the complete picture, our content reveals a lot about us.
Our content reveals where our interests lie. Many accounts have a whole section dedicated to images, memes, and content that are “for you.” As mentioned on Day 2, the goal of every social platform is to keep you engaged, so they keep track of what you enjoy and keep feeding you more of the same content. Want to do a quick heart check? Go to your suggested content or “for you page” on any of your accounts and see what they suggest. This very quickly reveals the status of your heart. Not only that, but take a quick scroll through the content you’ve shared. Was it truthful? Honorable? Just? Pure? Lovely? Commendable? Excellent? Worthy of praise? When was the last time you shared something you appreciated about God or the truth of the gospel? I must confess that when I reflect on my own content, it very quickly keeps me in check.
Our content reveals our relationship status. By this I mean that we very quickly can see how healthy our relationships are with friends, family, and partners. Are you contributing to disparaging comments, messages, or posts? When was the last time you had a real conversation outside of a social platform? Have you checked in on your friends in a while? When our content is mostly negative, gossip-centered, and superficial, it shows just how little effort we are putting into our relationships.
We don’t have to post lengthy novels gushing over our friends, family members, or partners, but we do need to remember to show them some love in real life. Instead of sending a snapchat, opt to have a phone chat about what’s happening in your lives. When you see a friend’s post about a life update, send them an encouraging message, or even take the time to write them some snail mail. Don’t just post about how much you love your partner; have a face-to-face conversation about how much you love and appreciate them. While social media can reveal our relationship statuses, the real work is done off the screen.
More than anything, our content reveals our need for time with the Lord. It’s easy to get lost down rabbit holes of negativity, temptation, and despair. Bad news is plastered across every platform, and it doesn’t take more than a few seconds on social media to become disheartened. Do you feel like you’re drowning in negativity? Do you find yourself arguing with strangers in the comment section? Have you started to lose faith in humanity? Especially over the past year, I have found myself camped out in the latter. My mind was so focused on the dark side of the world that I lost sight of the light of Christ, and yet I kept crawling back for more. I needed, and often still need, a reality check. Instead of focusing so much on the happenings on social media, I needed to focus more on my time spent with the Lord.
Rather than focusing on our need to stay in the know through social media, we have to shift our focus to knowing more about Him. The more we know about Christ, the closer we get to Him; and the closer we get to Him, the more we will find good in the world around us. Even more so, the closer we are to Him, the more we will be able to put good into the world around us.
My challenge to you today is to do a heart check. Is your content revealing that your relationship with the Lord is suffering? Take a break, repent before the Lord, and spend some quality time with Him. Make it a daily habit. The more time you spend with Christ, the more He is able to work in you—and that’s all you truly need.