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Facebook Rules: ‘Like’ If You Agree!

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We’re here to serve God (Ecc. 12:13; Matt. 22:37; Jn. 14:15; 1 Jn. 5:3). Therefore, our Facebook accounts should be an expedient to that purpose. Here are some tips to help you utilize your Facebook account to bring glory to God:

  • Be careful what you repost. No matter how funny a picture or how seemly wise a quote may be, if Christ wouldn’t re-post it, don’t repost it. Make sure your posts don’t have dirty language or crude humor. If there is any doubt, don’t do it.
  • Protect the church. Don’t criticize the church and fellow Christians. You might be critical of someone (and rightly so!), but Facebook isn’t the place to share those kinds of feelings. Are there personality conflicts and problems within the church sometimes? Duh. The church consists of imperfect people. But when you smack talk your preacher or one of the elders, what kind of opinions are your non-Christian friends forming of the church of Christ? Don’t forget that the church is the beautiful bride of Christ (Eph. 5:25-27). Make sure you keep her beautiful.
  • Don’t be disagreeable. If someone has a status update or post that you disagree with, STOP! Consider the following tips before you go any further.
    • Count to five. Or fifty. However long it takes for you to think twice before you publically disagree with someone.
    • Be careful not to judge too quickly. If someone says something you disagree with, try to find out all of the details before you pounce on them like a cat would a mouse.
    • Send a private message. Your non-Christian friends don’t need to see two New Testament Christians arguing over the nature of the Holy Spirit or any other sticky doctrinal issue. Again, protect the image of the church.
    • Don’t mock or use sarcasm. Just don’t. You can be 100% right in what you say, but end up being 100% wrong because of how you say it. Sarcasm won’t win you any friends.
    • Follow the Golden Rule (Matt. 7:12). Express your disagreement the same way you would want someone else to express disagreement with you.
    • Comment like Christ would comment, or don’t comment at all. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen a Christian verbally bash someone over some sort of doctrinal issue, and in so doing, they contradict the perfect Law of Liberty they are supposedly espousing. Remember, “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue[…] this person’s religion is worthless” (Jas. 1:25-26). If you don’t have anything nice to say to someone, don’t say anything at all (wise words from my mom).
    • Talk to the person face-to-face. Follow our Lord’s plan for conflict resolution (Matt. 18:15-20). Also, when stating a disagreement, body language and tone can be critical if you want to maintain peace in the relationship.
    • Be complimentary. If you have to state a disagreement, first make sure you smother the person with kindness.
  • Mind your image. As you are “examining yourself” (2 Cor. 13:5), review your Facebook profile. What do your status updates say about you? What things have you listed under your ‘favorites’ section? What pictures have you posted or reposted? I’m shocked by how many Christians go to church and say they love God, while posting trash on their Facebook accounts and identifying dirty TV shows and movies as being their favorites. I know too many ‘Christian’ guys who put junk and crude humor on their pages, and too many ‘Christian’ girls who fill up their profiles with pictures of themselves in bikinis.
  • Stay positive. Paul wrote, “Set your minds on things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth” (Col. 3:2). Does your Facebook account show this? When people look at your profile, do they see someone who is excited about going to heaven, or do they see someone who is focused on the here-and-now? Make sure you are always thinking about pure and honorable things (Phil. 4:8). Apply this to Facebook.
  • Don’t gossip. Definition of gossip: taking & telling information that doesn’t belong to you. There are some things that people just don’t need to hear. Don’t tell the world about how supposedly “bad” one of your elders may be or how embarrassing someone at work may be acting. Sometimes I think James had Facebook specifically in mind when he wrote, “the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness” (Jas. 3:6).
  • Vent carefully. It’s okay to [occasionally] vent about stuff like how you’re sick or how  you overslept by 3 hours, but it’s not okay to smack talk someone at church or tell the world about how your parents are being ‘so mean.’ If you wouldn’t vent about someone to their face, then don’t say it on Facebook.
  • Evangelize. Remember your purpose in life: “fear God and keep His commandments” (Ecc. 12:13). Facebook should be used to help fulfill that purpose. Since Facebook’s purpose is help us ‘connect with people’ and Jesus told us to connect with people and teach them (Mark 16:15-16), Christians must use Facebook to tell others about Jesus. Use it for good, not for evil. Build relationships. Post positive and scripture-filled status updates. Advertize events for your church. Send encouraging messages and support people who take a stand for Truth.

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One Response to Facebook Rules: ‘Like’ If You Agree!

  1. Nina Moore May 9, 2013 at 11:41 AM #

    Interesting tips. Luv, n

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