What it Means to be a Responsible Christian on Social Media

Let your light so shine before men

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

Pursue a Responsible Christian Life

The scripture above is not new to many of us, not even to unbelievers. We are all aware of this instruction from Jesus Christ and we know as obedient as we should be we must live to what He has commanded. And so I ask, “who are you?” Are you a responsible Christian or you are just a Christian (by name)?

I have also observed what is happening in the world today, in Ghana specifically. It’s not something we should be proud of. I call on all practicing Christians to act in ways that glorify God and not bringing dishonour to His name. We have allowed ‘social media’ to dictate who we become in the ‘virtual world’.

Can we look back at all the posts and comments we have shared or posted and see Christ in them? Can we confidently say that for the anger and arguments we exhibit on social media, are exactly how Christ would react in our time?

Does it matter what has been said to you or someone you know? I am certain it does! but we should know that what matters most as Christians is how others see Christ in our actions or inaction.

What good deeds do we reveal to others when we allow our lights to go dim so we can speak our mind? Let us remember that,

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 1 Peter 3:15

No matter what is said about us or done to us, we must not cease to be the ambassadors of Christ.

4 Things you need to know about being a Responsible Christian on Social Media

Being a responsible Christian in the social media world means,

  1. You are fully aware of who you are, that’s a Christian, an ambassador for Christ at that. And a member of the body of Christ, that’s the Church. And the Church is the light of the world. Hence you as an individual ought to join other believers in shining the Gospel of God’s grace in the world. You know social media has become an effective tool today in reaching many lives with the light of God than the early Church did many years back.
  2. You also understand that people will see you for who you are based on the post/comment you share on social media. As such you become very cautious and determined in making sure your conduct on social media brings God’s light, not dim it. You ensure by all your posts and comments you are shinning the light of God. You become the torch bearer for those whose lights have gone dim to see their way, and by that you lead them to Christ.
  3. You accord respect to every other person using social media, whether the person is a Christian or not, old or young, rich or poor, literate or illiterate. And that you don’t engage in any form of harassment whether by your posts or comments.
  4. Use the opportunity you have as a social media user to spread the Gospel of Christ. Don’t see social media as just a place to have fun and network, use it to glorify God. Shine as one who has the light of God in his life.

Like John Wesley, many Christians today declare “The World Is My Parish”. Well, in this our generation, we have two worlds, the ‘virtual world’ and the ‘real world’, a much bigger platform to shine and lead many to Christ.

Think about who you are, what your responsibilities are and how you must selflessly carry out your responsibilities diligently. You’re a child of God. You’re the light of the world. Shine!

THINK ABOUT IT.

1 Comment

  1. It’s about time we say No! to negative engagements on social media and embrace a more humane conversation that builds relationships rather than destroying existing ones.

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