Shelbyville Daily Union

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March 13, 2012

Ask the Pastor

SHELBYVILLE, IL. — Should Christians use social media?

A sports reporter asked Tim Tebow, the outspokenly Christian starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos, if Jesus had a Twitter what would he tweet? Tebow’s answer; “Believe in me.” This was a great answer, short, to the point, and biblical. I am sure that if Jesus had a Twitter account, he would say much more than that, but ‘Believe in me’ is a great start.

When I say social media, I am referring to websites like Facebook, Twitter and others. All of these use technology so we can share what is going on in our life. People share what they are currently doing, pictures, play games with friends, or catch up with people they have lost contact with. So that brings us back to the question, is it a good idea for Christians to use these social media sites? The answer- maybe.

Throughout the history of the world that God created, humans have turned God’s beautiful creations into a smorgasbord of sin. Social media can be no different and there are plenty of other technologies that can be used for both good and evil. The simple answer is that each individual is going to have to make their own decision about it with God’s blessing. But let me help you out by giving you some questions to think about: all the questions come from the scriptures of 1 Corinthians chapters 6-11.

First, are they helpful (10:23)? They can be very helpful, they give you information that allows you to gain the knowledge you need to more effectively minister to your friends.

Will using them potentially enslave me (6:12)? They all have an addicting aspect to them, wanting to know more information or play more games. I have friends that have deleted their accounts because they have noticed that they spent more time online than with their family.

Will using social media encourage other Christians and help my witness in Christ (8:13 & 9:12)? We are called to be Christians everywhere, not just at church. If you are using a site like Facebook and you call yourself a Christian, then your posts and comments on people’s status’ should be representing Christ. Hypocrisy is easily seen on sites like these.

I will say that I use both Facebook and Twitter. I love these sites, I can keep up with people in a much faster and easier way, and as a pastor I love that! But these sites can be destructive. If you approach social media as you approach the rest of life, trying to glorify God (10:31), then there will be no issue. So, Christian, if it is your desire to use these sites, do so to glorify God and not yourself.

Chase Smith is the pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church in Shelbyville. For more information from Chase or the church call 774-3636 or visit www.fellowshipinshelbyville.com.

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