The world is the same. It has not gotten worse. It’s always been the same.
I used to say that I hate social media because of all the nasty bad stuff we see. I don’t watch the news. I don’t read the news. I don’t read Facebook drama. But should I hate social media? No. I had been looking at it all wrong.
Social media has allowed us to see what has always been –
“the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9 ESV
Social media is like a light shining on mankind’s heart. The world has not gotten worse; we just see more of the unbridled workings of the heart.
Jesus said, “the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38”
Social media gives the followers of Christ a clear picture of just how plentiful the harvest is and an even clearer picture of how few the laborers are. In our generation, social media should be a powerful tool for spreading the gospel more than collecting ‘likes.’
Christ followers should think of social media as a tool to connect with the hurting world in meaningful way. I mean honestly, I don’t really care what a person had for breakfast more than I care about how a Christian provided breakfast to a homeless person. I don’t care about someone’s cool iPhone upgrade. I care about Christians volunteering their time at a domestic abuse shelter. I don’t care about praising celebrities but I care about teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16).”
For the world, social media is a platform that screams, “Look at me, look at me.” For followers of Christ, it should be the field in which
“we have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; [and] to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.” Jude 23
It is the field in which we perform the Great Commission – the hope of eternal life.
If God’s people really wanted to make a difference, social media is a powerful tool to spread the gospel and give hope to a world full of hopelessness. Aren’t we commanded to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28: 16-20)?
What would happen if God’s people determined to post about Christ and the hope HE gives before posting about our narcissism that’s sometimes disguised as blessings from above. What if we infiltrated the sex trafficking sites with the gospel? What if we shared God’s word to a known abuser’s site? What if we provided God’s perspective to “self-help” groups that rely on everything for peace except Christ? What if we purposed it in our lives to be that ambassador of hope and joined a group that didn’t know Christ at all? What if we took that one area in our lives that particularly bothered us and made a decision give a message of hope instead of complaining or doing nothing? What if…?
So let’s first give hope while we can to an ever dying world that will someday pass away and click “post.” Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see a “like.” After all, hope is unseen (Hebrews 11: 1).
Beth Ferguson is a creative writing enthusiast-wannabe although her primary interest is in counseling. She received her Master’s degree in Biblical Counseling from Birmingham Theological Seminary. Her main area of focus is counseling women who have been sexually abused. Her mission is to lead hurting women to freedom through God’s healing power.