How embarrassing would it be when you were witnessing to someone and they ask, “Aren’t you the person who posted about getting wasted at that party the other night, but now you’re here telling me about Jesus?” This very scenario is not only embarrassing, but it damages your testimony, and you will be viewed as a hypocrite.
Many people forget that people watch our social medias and our every move, for they are waiting for the moment we mess up, so why are we going to post things that hinder our walk with Christ? Whatever we post online, shows how strong our relationship with Christ is, so we must be cautious on what we post.
“Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12
Though we may be young, we must be an example of how a believer should act in conduct, love, and in spirit. As believers, we should also be pure in the faith, so we have a big task on our shoulders. We must be living examples of the Word. Reading your Bible does you no good if you do not apply it to your life, and social media doesn’t give us a free pass to post what we want without consequences.
“Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do.” Matthew 23:3
Matthew 23 gives us a description of a person who tells others how a believer in Christ should act and do, but that very person doesn’t do the things they preach. “How does this relate to social media?” Well, 75% of people are concerned with giving off a perfect life on social media, so when people realize that others are putting their social lives under a microscope, they will do things to make their lives seem interesting even if it means harming their relationship with Jesus.
I have seen people block their parents from their social medias due to what they post, which is utterly shocking. What makes believers think they can post whatever they please on social media without it negatively impacting them? If your parents would not like it, then Christ would probably be even more disgusted with what your posting. However, you might be able to hide it from your parents, but you cannot hide it from Jesus.
“And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” Hebrews 4:13
No one is hidden from the sight of God; therefore, Christ can see everything you do and that includes social media! He sees you posting that tweet, He sees you posting that photo, and He also sees you sending those snaps. Though you may be able to “delete it” or “make it disappear after twenty four hours,” God will remember, which should make people not want to post what they shouldn’t.
In conclusion, our social medias do have an impact on our walks with Christ. What we do on our accounts can label us as a hypocrite when we try to lead others to Christ if our activity is something Christ would despise. To refrain from going with the flow, we must be strong in our walk with Christ, for when we stand strong in Christ, nothing can stand against us.
“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13
We must remain awake and alert in our faith, which means we must be brave and strong for the things of this world will come at us. There are people out there who want to see us fall and fail, but we must not give them any room! No matter where are life is, whether it is online or in real life, we must glorify God and keep our walk with Christ first, for that will be the window to our relationship with Him.