It’s a hot day in Jerusalem. Jesus is strolling through a busy marketplace. Suddenly, he reaches under his robe, grabs his phone, and snaps a picture of the crowd #beautiful day. He then tweets where he will be speaking next, a pharisee comments, Jesus favourites the comment. As crowds gather on a hillside, peter opens his camera app and shows the disciples a video where Jesus casts a demon out of a man. Andrew responds “you have to put that on YouTube. It will have a million views by tonight. Thomas looks at Andrew and says, “I’ll believe it when I see it”.
How would Jesus respond to social media?
The above scenario sounds a bit crazy. But have you ever considered how Jesus would respond to social media? How would he interact with the platforms like Facebook, twitter snap-chat, Instagram.
I believe Jesus would engage on social media by:
Having a purpose and not to pass the time. He would have one goal to point people to God.
He would follow, share and retweet a lot of people who are not Christians. Jesus came to affirm all people
He would intentionally disengage from social media to engage with his father. He wouldn’t allow it to control his life or compare it to others.
Social media gives us a great opportunity to bring truth and light into a dark world. God wants to bless our time on social media. He wants it to be fruitful and joyful.
However, too often we can become entangled in the web and end up
Picking fights/ranting about the latest decision from the government
Comparing our lives to others
Believing fake news
Scrolling through but not adding anything
Use as a personal sounding board for life’s frustrations
Hiding behind it
In the light of recent events these all ring true to us. However, all of these can slowly destroy the mystery and privacy of our lives. God is mysterious and being created in his image, there is a layer of mystery and privacy required to maintain a healthy relationship with ourselves, God and others.
“If you want good fruit, you must make the tree good. If your tree is not good, it will have bad fruit. A tree is known by the kind of food it produces. You snakes! you are evil people, so how can you say anything good? The mouth speaks the things that are in the heart. Good people have good things in their hearts, and so they say good things. But evil people have evil in their hearts, so they say evil things. And I tell you on Judgement day people will be responsible for every careless thing they have said. The words you have said will be used to judge you. Some of your words will prove you right, but some of your words will prove you guilty”.