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Your Presence Speaks 1: What Does Your Presence Say on Social Media?

Your Presence Speaks Day 1: What Does Your Presence Say on 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)

As a fairly observant introvert, I have always been a people reader. While I am willing to admit I am wrong on occasion, for the most part I can get a fairly accurate read on someone during our first interaction. I read their body language, how they speak to the people around them, how they’re dressed, what they laugh at, and what topics they bring up in conversation. While this is more of a coping mechanism for my social anxiety, I know that for the most part we all do this. Some assessments may be snap judgments or skewed by preconceived biases, but we all make a decision about a person upon meeting them. There’s a reason why the phrase “make a good first impression” was created. Our presence speaks, and we have to be careful about what it says.

These days, our presence in the world and even among our peers looks much different because of—you guessed it—social media. We are now creating our own digital profiles that last. While someone may forget what you’ve said in conversation, they can easily scroll through your profiles and view what you’ve said or done on social media. Cancel culture even feeds off this fact. People are being blacklisted because of social media posts from years past. Why? Because our presence online is permanent. Sure, you may be able to delete some stuff, but that doesn’t mean it’s gone forever. While social media in general is light-hearted entertainment, we have to consider how we present ourselves in this whole new arena.

The content we create, share, and interact with speaks volumes about us. Let’s do a little review. Go to your most-used social media platform. For me, that’s Instagram, but for you that may be Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, TikTok, etc. Take inventory of the content you’ve posted, the posts you’ve shared to your stories or sent to friends, or even just review your “for you” page. What does it say about you? Based on a quick review, would people know you’re a Christian? You may be thinking, Well, sure, I have a verse in my bio and I shared a picture of a verse just yesterday! That’s all well and good, but when you look at the “for you” or explore section, is it reflective of your Christian beliefs? I will raise my hand first as being guilty of engaging more prominently with secular content. When Instagram doesn’t even realize you want to see Christian content, it’s time for a reality check.

How we present ourselves on social media is vital when it comes to the life of a believer. We are called to be lights in a dark world, and our content should reflect that everywhere. Now, don’t get me wrong, please keep sharing pictures of your family, fun memories, and important life events. All I’m saying is whenever you are on social media, use it wisely. Don’t contribute to arguments in comment sections. Don’t be disparaging. Don’t be critical or contribute to gossip. Instead, be a light. Share Scripture, post about what God is teaching you, leave positive comments, and send uplifting messages. Every chance you get, share the gospel. You never know who’s watching, so let your presence scream of Christ and Him crucified.

My challenge to you today is to give your social media a litmus test. If needed, delete posts that clearly go against Scripture or would be a poor testimony. Make it a priority this week to share something about God, His Word, or the gospel every day. Remember that no matter where you are, everything you do should reflect Christ.

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