Media sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, can often be a popular forum to post and discuss controversial topics.. We, as Christians, have an obligation and duty to speak the truth in love; we must also be careful to do so in a way that will glorify God. Unfortunately, more often than not, debating these topics, especially on social media sites, do the opposite of glorifying God. 2 Timothy 2:23 says it all: ” Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.” If we truly desire to glorify God it might be best that we abstain from these debates and topics altogether for two reasons: to prevent fighting, and show unbelievers God’s love and grace.
Ephesians 4:29 says, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” It is easy, especially with these hot button issues, to want to set the record straight and state our opinions. Titus 3:9 says, “But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.”Again there are those words: foolish, controversies, quarrel.? James 1:19-20 says,”Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. ” Notice the last part of this verse about our anger not producing the righteousness of God. Is it really even our place to bring about judgment on these topics, furthermore is it our place to voice them? The Bible says no. It is hard to voice our opinion on these hot buttoned issues without there being a tone of judgment, that our opinions and views are better and more upright then others. But who are we to place judgment when we have areas in our life that are not right with God either? Are our sins less than theirs? In Matthew 7:1-5 Jesus says, “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” Jesus calls us to take the log out of our own eye before we remove the speck out of another’s eye. In John 8:7 in regard to stoning the adulterous woman Jesus says, “And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, ‘Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.'” In modern day He might say, ” Let him who is without sin among you be the first to comment.”Perhaps instead of spending our time and energy on setting others right on what the Bible says about certain topics, our time might be better spent on reading and praying and pointing ourselves to God in areas we struggle with personally. Certainly we should pray for those who are living in opposition to the Word and there may be an appropriate time to lovingly correct, however when it comes to casting judgment, that is reserved solely for God himself.
We are called to be a light in this ever darkening world,to show others Christ in us,but what does that look like?1 John 4:7-8 says,”Beloved,let us love one another,for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God,because God is love.”Our God is love,so if we desire to show others God,we must show love. What is love?What does it look like?1 Corinthians 13:4-7 says, “Love is patient and kind;love does not envy or boast;it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way;it is not irritable or resentful;it does not rejoice at wrongdoing,but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things,believes all things,hopes all things,endures all things.” This should be our model in how we might love others,and in doing so show them the face of God. So,just go forth and show the world love. I would be remiss if this post ended in just saying love others. Yes,we are called to love others,but we are also called to be honest with our brothers and sisters. People need to hear the word and should be made aware of what the Bible says on certain sins,just remember to approach them with love and respect. It is the job of the Spirit to convict and to ultimately place a change in their hearts to turn from their sins. 1 Corinthians 3:6 says,”I planted,Apollos watered,but God gave the growth. So whether we plant the seed of faith or water it,only God can allow the growth and change in them,however it is our job to share with all.
So, think about how you can be loving to others on Social Media. Try to focus your responses on coming from a place of love. If they come from a place in which you feel the need to be right, then don’t respond. It can turn into a “foolish controversy.” Don’t be afraid to hold someone accountable, but focus on your motive. Love is gratifying, being right is not.