We start the series on “Simple but yet Challenging Christian Life” today and we will be looking at our first topic which focuses on Social Media.
I would first of all give thanks to God Almighty for making it possible to bring this series to you and also being inspired by Andy Tuck of Christchurch London.
Our main scriptures for this series are:
Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:1 ESV)
No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. (2 Timothy 2:4 ESV)
Social media is a very important tool that helps us to communicate with people around the world and also share our daily life experience with others. The purpose of social media doesn’t end there for believers but it is a great tool for us to reach out to others with the Gospel, share our experiences about our faith with others and also to encourage fellow believers.
Even though that is what social media ought to be for us, it is not what we us it for. The question that arises is WHY?
Social media has become place where everyone wants to put up their best. On Facebook everyone wants to put up the best pictures, the best quotes and ‘right status’. On Twitter everyone wants to tweet the best stuff and so on. On LinkedIn we just put up the best of ourselves to compare ourselves to others.
There’s nothing wrong in displaying our best but there is a problem, if by displaying our best we hide who we truly are. As believers we need to be careful and not fall in the trap of the world where everyone wants to show their best and hide their real selves.
Whenever we go on social media, we should judge our motives – whether we using it for the right reasons (to glorify God) or the wrong reason (flaunt the things we have got, to throw shades at others, posting images and statuses for the likes or for the praise of men).
It is easy to be caught in this life of glamour or pretending to be what we are not on social media.
Today, it is my prayer that we will use social media for the right reasons and not let it turn us into what we are not. Let us live the simple life we have been called to and be who we truly are on social media and not what we are not.