Girl to Girl Talk: Does It Matter What I Post on Social Media?
Written by Christi Given | June 29, 2015
Every week, I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and counsel. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian life and walk of faith! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions. Join us on the Girl Talk forum here.
Recently, a PI Girl shared her new Tumblr blog on the Girl Talk forum. She shared her link and wanted to reach Christian girls to encourage people. Click here to read her post.
This got me thinking about blogging and social media. Do you think it’s important what you post on social media and online, or do you think it’s not a big deal?
Of course, there are good things we can post online that can make a positive impact on this generation and we can reach people for the sake of the Gospel, but there are also dangers to social media as well. We need to be mindful of what we say, how we say or word our opinion, and also be conscious of our place in the Kingdom of God and how we represent the Lord. Do you agree?
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (Ephesians 4:29)
Recently, I read an article from Relevant magazine on what Christians SHOULD do on social media (how the Internet doesn’t have to be a terrible place), and I thought there were some good points about using wisdom before you publish something online. For example, “Ask yourself: could I say this same thing in front of someone?” I also liked the point of being “transparent, but not TOO transparent.” The writer, Neal Samudre, wrote a great point as well, advising believers to “strive for connection, not attention” (Relevant magazine). Click here to read the full article.
Another great quote from Samudre’s article is about how he has a fear of God and the power that social media has regarding our representation of Jesus, and how we are broken humans who at times do not realize the power of our words, our actions and even our public posts online, and how they can affect someone. He says:
“I’m terrified that because of social media, the entire world can see my words. It means I can hurt more than just the people in front of me every time I choose to not live like Jesus. But what I’ve come to discover is, many people don’t realize this cost. We still treat social media as if it is an exemption from being responsible for our words and actions.” —Neal Samudre (Relevant magazine)
I love how he puts thought into the power of social media, and that we all need to be reminded and also consciously mindful that what we post DOES, in fact, matter. Let us prayerfully consider what we say and write, amen?
PI Girls, do you glorify God by your online messages or are you more careless? I am praying this article makes an impact on people and that we step up as leaders in culture, society and in our world.
But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. (Matthew 12:36)
Comment below and let us know if YOU think it matters what you say on the World Wide Web. God bless you!
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