Social Media & the Believer Day 1: The Bright Side of Social Media
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples! (Psalm 96:3, ESV)
And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” (Mark 16:15, ESV)
For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? (Romans 10:13-14, ESV)
The use of social media has been a hot-button issue among Christians in recent years. As a late millennial, I can remember many sermons disparaging the use of social media/technology, and it typically turned me off to the conversation. Maybe that’s just my stubborn personality, but I always felt like it was creating a generational gap. That’s why I decided to begin discussing social media in a positive light, because although it is true that there are many negative aspects, there are still many positive ones.
At its roots, social media is for, well… socializing! If 2020 taught us anything, it is that we need socialization. We need human interaction to help us function on a daily basis and to keep us from becoming discouraged. I can remember when I was finally allowed to have a Facebook account and how excited I was to be able to chat with my friends. At the time, many of my friends didn’t have cell phones so we used Facebook to message each other about whatever ridiculous things 14-year-olds talk about. It felt like a whole new world had opened up to me where I could talk with old friends, make new ones, and be up-to-date on life events. To a certain extent, I was right. I have been able to keep in touch with friends throughout the years and make a few new friends from all over the world. I’ve also been able to watch people finish school, get married, start families, and more.
Think about your own experience with social media. How many friends have you been able to reconnect or keep up with through social media? While it is not a complete social interaction with real-time response, facial expressions, and tone, social media is a great way to stay in touch. We simply have to make the choice to be intentional with our interactions with people. Send messages, make comments, and interact with people to remind them that you see them, you remember, and you care even from miles away.
One of the major benefits of social media is its reach. If you have internet service and a phone/computer, you can access the world. What does this mean for believers? You guessed it. This means that we can send the gospel to anyone, anywhere. Daily we are presented with an opportunity to share the good news of God’s salvation on all our social media platforms. You can even share Scripture straight from the Bible app on your phone!
If you are anything like me, sharing the gospel can be really intimidating. You may worry about someone’s reaction or that you won’t have adequate responses to questions, but social media gives you an opportunity with minimal social pressure. It not only relieves pressure on us, but it can make a non-believer or a wayward Christian feel comfortable coming to us for guidance or support. This is not a substitute for sharing the gospel from person to person, but it is an opportunity that we, as Christians, should not pass up. We can share the gospel, praise the Lord, talk about how God has affected our lives, and so much more!
Needless to say, social media can be an asset to the believer. It opens up forms of communication and socialization that were not possible even 25 years ago. In seconds we can connect with friends, learn how God is helping fellow believers, and share the gospel with all our friends. The key for us as believers is setting boundaries with our social media, which we’ll discuss in tomorrow’s devotional. For now, my challenge to you is to find a way every day, or even just once a week, to share the gospel on all your social media platforms.