Social media and Christian ethics MUST go hand-in-hand. If you are wondering how the above photo is connected, read on! The point of this blog is simply this: before you believe what others post, think critically. Use restraint before you leave a comment. Censor what you share. In the public eye, you represent more than just yourself.
Biblical thinking and Christian ethics.
We’re bombarded with images expressing significant points. Some are political or social, some speak to moral values. In our fast paced world, it’s difficult to process everything. Evaluating the thinking of others is a habit few of us practice, which leads to our own deception.
Here’s a brief exercise for you to try. A well known musician recently posted this image (above) on his Facebook page. Many trust what he has to share because of his fame. Before you read the rest of this article, take a moment to process the message. Are the claims true? According to the Bible, that is.
What does the Bible say about division?
1. Race did not disconnect us, God did. Genesis 11:8.
2. Religion did not disconnect us, God did. Genesis 3:23.
3. Politically, two brothers, Isaac and Ishmael, were at odds from the beginning. You could argue a human’s (Abraham) lack of discretion created the disharmony. However, it was God who appointed the two become opposing, great nations. Genesis 16.
4. As for economic classification: for reasons unknown to me, God determined some to be rich and some to be poor. Proverbs 22:2. However, we do have a choice to make in how we use our money. Those who have are to take care of those who have not.
The whole world was once one powerful nation – with one common language. As a unified group, they were almost unstoppable. Genesis 11 records the whole account. Sadly, their passion was self-centered. They sought fame and fortune for themselves, so God scattered them, separating them into different nations.
We like to think of God as inclusive. “You can be sure of this: The LORD set apart the godly for himself”. Psalm 4.3. Has humanity taken the division to an extreme? Absolutely. However, like it or not, God’s divine process is what divided us.
“We were all humans until”….Last time I checked, we were all still humans. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist the humor in it). My aim is not to discredit anyone. In fact, the image was posted without an opinion. The Facebook user simply asked for public opinion.
Ethical comments on others Social Media pages
Like it or not, we are held to a higher standard. James 1:19 reminds us to be slow in our response, and not be haughty in reply. People “liked” and shared this image over 350,000 times. Many Christians chimed in. Most pointed fingers, arrogantly. Interesting, given the content.
Ethical sharing on Social Media
You and I must censor what we share. I hate looking foolish. I’ve shared, only to find out later it wasn’t true. How about you? More importantly, we don’t want to mislead others by sharing what is not Biblical. K.P. Yohannan, founder and president of Gospel for Asia, said, “Every truth stretched beyond its limits will become a false doctrine”. God has zero tolerance for false doctrines. If it’s important enough to share, isn’t it worth the time to make sure it’s true?
Social Media and Christian Ethics
Friend, this was just an example, simply to help us start thinking for ourselves. To sum it up, however,…Think critically, comment graciously, share responsibly. In the public eye, you represent more than just yourself. You are Christ’s ambassador.
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