I am one of the social media fans. Yes, I love social media.
Facebook and YouTube are the ones I like and use the most. They offer their wonderful platform that I can use whenever I want and however I want to.
Can you believe that? Have you ever thought that this would ever be possible? Not even a chance, am I right?
Think about it. I can even say this today:
“Whoever has the Son (Jesus Christ) has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” (1 John 5:12)
Boom! I said it, didn’t I?
But as Christians, we need to be very vigilant as to how we use social media lest we lose our “saltiness.
“You are the salt of the earth.” (Matthew 5:13a) – is our identity but we can lose our saltiness on social media if we are not careful enough.
How can we lose our saltiness?
Well, if our goal to be on social media is to get lots of “Likes,” nice comments and praises, little by little our “saltiness” disappears and we instead become “too sugary and sweet.” So, instead of being truthful and direct, speaking the truth in love and respect, which can at times earns us some nasty comments because our message is too “sour”, we start to become sentimental and “nice”. How? We start to water down the Gospel and for instance, instead of reading the verse as it is, “Whoever believes in the Son (Jesus Christ) has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.” (John 3:36) we say, “God loves everyone. He never sends anyone to hell, He only sends the devil and all evil spirits to hell. God never sends human beings who are created in the image and likeness of God to hell.”
What are we trying to be when we say that?
We’re trying to be “NICE.”
But niceness is not one of the Christian virtues (faith, hope, love, justice, courage, perseverance, integrity, etc).
So, yes, social media open a big and wide door for us Christians to proclaim the Gospel to the whole wide world but we need to always be very careful lest we fall into the trap of nothingness.
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” (Matthew 5:13) ///