A Field Guide for Engaging Social Media as a Christian

Scriptural Guide

The Bible is not silent on how Christians ought to engage socially. Here are some primary texts of Scripture that are my guiding focus as I consider how Christians ought to engage social media:

  • “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” – John 13:34-35
  • “Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.” – Colossians 4:5-6
  • “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” – Colossians 3:17
  • “… But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak (or type!) and slow to anger.” – James 1:19

Application

John 13:34-35 is our guide for how Christians ought to treat one another. We love each other as Christ has loved us. Christians ought to have a unity in the gospel, no matter our secondary theological differences. We are one in Christ, and brothers and sisters in the Lord by faith alone.

Colossians 4:5-6 is our guide for how Christians ought to engage the world around them and in our relationships with those outside of Christ. Our behavior with the lost must be blameless, according to God’s standard of morality, to where they cannot say anything negative about our character. There is a way in that we can disagree with people and yet do so in love.

Colossians 3:17 is our guide for how Christians ought to endeavor everything we do, including our use of social media. We do not just post under our profile name, but as Christians our posts represent the name of Christ.

James 1:19 is our guide for how Christians ought to engage socially whether in person or online. We ought to be a people who listen well and speak with wisdom and truth no matter who we are conversing with.

Published by Alex Garner

Husband | Father | Pastor | Soli Deo Gloria!

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