Today’s world is inundated with the use of technology and media. Most media outlets compete to see who can break the best story first, all for ratings which ultimately results in more money from conglomerates or large corporations.
When I wrote my first book in 2012 entitled: “Who You Callin’ Silly? How a Silly Woman Becomes Virtuous,” one of the first requests of the marketing team from the publishing firm was for me to setup social media accounts. My immediate reply was why? Well, social media has been used to reach the masses for marketing tactics.
There are many people that became famous as a result of social media. Social media will often drive the decisions of companies to introduce products or people, based on what “we” the people respond to. Honestly, had I not been led to write books, I would not have social media accounts. Why you may ask? I’m not a “social” person. Lol. I tend to be more discreet. I actually struggled with completing this phase of the marketing process until a thought crossed my mind:
“What if the one statement or image of encouragement that I post, would lead someone to desire a deeper relationship with my Savior?”
After all, that is the goal, right? So I choose to post inspirational messages, information about my books or posts that reflect my humorous side, in hopes of lightening the loads of others.
However, social media can get out of hand, if you allow it to consume your space. Here are some questions that I have for those who confess to be a follower of Jesus and use social media:
- If someone would see your photos, review your posts and timelines, would they know that you are a Christian?
- What type of image are you portraying of Jesus?
- If you take a look at your own page as an “outsider” what would YOU say of yourself?
- Do you send mixed signals? Are you always complaining? Is your appearance to be more worldly than spiritual? Are you always sending subliminal or indirect messages – going off on someone?
- Are your clothes revealing too much cleavage, insomuch that the crease of your bosom is on display? Or is Jesus on display?
- Are your clothes so tight that you see the print and shape of everything?
- If Jesus was scrolling through your timelines, what would He say?
In case you weren’t aware, social media is not new. It has evolved into what we see today and continues to change. In fact, Jesus had a social ministry as well.
“Then the people began to murmur in disagreement because he had said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” They said, “Isn’t this Jesus, the son of Joseph? We know his father and mother. How can he say, ‘I came down from heaven’?” John 6:41-42 NLT
Jesus reflected His Father in everything.
“Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs. But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. For God the Father has given me the seal of his approval.” They replied, “We want to perform God’s works, too. What should we do?” Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.” They answered, “Show us a miraculous sign if you want us to believe in you. What can you do? After all, our ancestors ate manna while they journeyed through the wilderness! The Scriptures say, ‘Moses gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ ” Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, Moses didn’t give you bread from heaven. My Father did. And now he offers you the true bread from heaven. The true bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” “Sir,” they said, “give us that bread every day.” Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But you haven’t believed in me even though you have seen me.” John 6:26-36 NLT
What would your followers think of you? Do you care? You should. You may be the introduction to Jesus for them. Will they accept or reject the invite, based upon the images and posts that you display?
People “unfollowed” Jesus because He stood on the words of His Father. Will you have that same boldness in your social media pages? Are you being unfollowed for foolishness or for righteousness?
“But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him. And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.” From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more.” John 6:64-66 NKJV
Social media is a great way to connect with people you haven’t seen for years, find out about sales, or just socialize. Remember in ALL that we do, we must represent who we say we are. Matter of fact, who you SAY you are and how that is DISPLAYED should be the same.
Let us remember to put Jesus on display!