So, what does it look like to follow Jesus on social media? What does Jesus have to do with social media and how does being a follower of Jesus impact what I do on social media? Let’s talk about it.
What does Jesus have to do with Social media and how does being a follower of Jesus impact what I do on social media? Let’s talk about it.
Social media didn’t exist back when Jesus was on Earth, but how cool would it be to have a selfie with Jesus, 5,000 people with lots of bread & fish? Well, obviously he doesn’t say anything about social media directly, but the bible is still full of truth that we can apply to every area of our lives today. And following Jesus should impact how I use social media
There’s a lot of reasons why we love social media; we get to store and share memories, we get to see the world from another person’s point-of-view, all the Inspiration, and it’s just honestly super entertaining.
And those are all awesome, but there are some ways that it can become unhealthy or a negative influence in our lives, too right? Like when you see everyone’s perfect lives and start the game of comparison. All the sudden you are no longer content with what you have, and you start to complain more than you celebrate. Or how about the fact that what you see impacts you on a deeper level than you might think and then there’s the realization that sometimes we probably spend way too much time on it and it’s low key addicting right? Like when you decide to take a couple minutes to scroll before you go to bed, and then the sun appears out of nowhere and it’s already tomorrow?
But let’s be real, Social media in and of itself is neutral, like most things in life, it’s not inherently good or bad, it’s a tool that we can use. Just like you can use a hammer to hang a picture or break something – it’s how we use it that determines the end result. It’s a tool, but it’s a tool that exposes what’s in our hearts. In Luke 6 Jesus says that “out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks”. I feel like an equally true statement is that out of the overflow of the heart the fingers post.
Social media is a part of our lives, it’s the culture we live in, and surprisingly enough, an important part of our journey with Jesus.
One of the challenges with social media is answering the question to why we are on social media. for some of us it’s just fun, for some it’s a way to stay connected to each other and be current with what’s happening in our world, and for many of us it’s a platform for our brand. Here’s where we get to the heart of the matter. Regardless of your reason for being on social media, we have been set apart for the good of others and glory of God. So, let me ask you this, do your accounts reflect that statement? Like if I wanted to learn how to live for the good of others and to bring Glory to God, could I go to your account and learn what that looks like? What about your other account that’s private?
I’m not trying to throw shade or even judge you, but we are whole people. Everything we do affects every part of who we are becoming. And if your answer is no it doesn’t, that’s ok, this is your invitation to use what God has given you to carry hope and make an impact on your world.
So, what does it look like to follow Jesus on social media?
Usually people ask questions like, what language is okay and what language isn’t? How much skin is too much skin? Those are important questions to ask, but the heart of the matter is in 2 Cor 5:20 where it tells us “We are Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”
What this verse is saying is that we are representatives of Jesus, we get to re-present Jesus to a lost, hurting, and broken world. When the world sees us, they should see something that resembles Jesus. Think about this – Jesus has given us HIS reputation to steward. Your social media doesn’t just represent you; it represents Jesus. And when we understand how much that Jesus has saved us from, we will lay down everything we have if it will help someone else come to know Jesus, including our social media. And I think the temptation for us is to silo off areas of our life and in our hearts we say things like “Jesus can be Lord of this area” and “I will follow what you say here, but not so much here. Like, Jesus doesn’t really care about this, this one has no impact”.
But when we started following Jesus, when we declared as romans 10 says that Jesus is Lord – that doesn’t mean that Jesus is Lord of just the areas we want him to be Lord, he is Lord of it all. He is Lord of your thought life, how you treat your siblings, who your friends are, and what your social media looks like. He calls the shots, he’s in control, and that’s a good thing because where He leads us is always better than where we’ve been.
And that doesn’t mean he’s Lord and He’s going to give you a bunch of rules to follow. 2 Cor 3:17 says “where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom”. Wherever area we let Jesus be Lord over, we are set free! Jesus wants to be involved in what we do on social media so we can be set free from comparison, free from negative influences, free from unnecessary drama, and free in the knowledge of his approval and affection for you, free from being devalued by strangers online. Social media is a part of our lives, so that means Jesus wants to be a part of it too.