I know, I know. Social platforms are personal & private. With the exception of LinkedIn, they are for personal things, like friends, family, etc. People are careful to not mix work with private life, thus leaving co-worker friend-requests stranded in the inter-web. Or friends of friends stranded wondering if you will ever log-on and accept them. And while social media platforms are private, are you showing Christ through your private, personal pages? Or would you not express yourself the same if everyone you knew was watching?
To me, this seems crazy. I am who I am, no matter who sees it. Not in the sense of, “I am Lindsay, hear me roar. If you don’t like me, get over it.” But rather, I am Lindsay, I am the same Lindsay in person, on Facebook, on Twitter, on Instagram, on WordPress, at youth group, at church, at women’s ministries, at the grocery store, and (MOSTLY–though not this morning) while driving ;). And as much as I’d like to blame New Jersey for my road rage this morning, I have no one to blame but myself–not even that young punk that wouldn’t let me merge. I am not saying I am perfect, but rather that I have nothing to hide. After all, isn’t God always watching?
When you have nothing to hide, your Facebook, your Twitter, your Instagram, your LIFE has nothing to hide.
I’m not saying ignore privacy settings and allow strangers to see your profiles, because that isn’t safe and isn’t practical. And ESPECIALLY teens and young adults should protect their profiles with privacy settings and remove location tags. However, I am asking, are you who you say you are? Are you who you are portraying yourself as? ALL the time?
- Do your Instagram photos reveal more about your body that they should? Are you using them for attention, negative or positive?
- Does your Facebook profile portray a person that isn’t really you? Do you lash out politically online, but you’d never say a peep if someone asked you your opinion?
- Are you more outspoken on the Internet because there is less potential for backlash? And you can hide behind your screen or smart phone?
- Do you proclaim Christianity on social platforms, plastering pretty photos with Bible verses on Instagram, but cursing and gossiping about your friends or others around you at the first chance you get?
- Do you proclaim Jesus, but deny Him with your daily actions?
Ultimately, are you REAL? Or are you setting up a facade that causes people to see you as one thing when your heart and your soul scream something different? Are you being genuine with everyone you see and interact with on a daily or weekly basis? Or are you shouting Christianity in person and at church and secretly cursing your brother and sisters on your private social platforms, and therefore denying Him with your lifestyle? DC Talk perhaps phrases it best in their song What if I Stumble?
The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today
Is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips
Then walk out the door and deny him by their lifestyle.
That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.
–What If I Stumble, DC Talk
With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water. James 3:9-12
If you are sending mixed messages in regards to who you are online and who you really are, make a commitment to change. Think before you post. Being a Christian isn’t about being Godly or religious. It’s a daily relationship with your Creator. It’s a daily choice to behave as a child of the most high King. It’s a choice to NOT post things and NOT say things that are going to tear others down. It’s a choice. What are you choosing?
Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out. (Proverbs 10:9 ESV)
Being real is not an excuse for being brutally honest or flat out rude or mean to others. You must show grace, love, integrity and self-control with your actions and words.
I am not bashing social media. I work in marketing and social media is a HUGE tool for us. It’s a great way to stay connected, learn about others and be involved. However, if social platforms are causing you to be un-Christian or causing you to sin, cut them out of your life.
If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell. (Matthew 5:29-30)
While that verse is primarily talking about lusting after someone, the principle and concept are the same. If something is causing you to sin or fall short, cut it out. (P.S. Don’t gouge your eyes out or cut your hand off, but remove the temptations.)
My challenge to you? Reevaluate how you are portraying yourself on social media and in life in general. Are you being authentic? Are you being real? Think before you post and make sure you are being real, honest, pure and Christian.