Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. (Titus 3:1-2)
Biblical Guidelines For Social Media
Everyone needs a little reminding. Paul exhorted the preacher Titus to repeat some teaching to the brethren and reinforce the character of the child of God. Example is a powerful tool to show the grace of God. The manner of life of a Christian will be like a light in a dark world or salt upon an unseasoned heart. What is amazing about the admonition to Titus is the Holy Spirit knew the social media was coming in the generations to come. How else could He have described so clearly the problem with Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and the host of other avenues called social media? Frankly it is not very sociable at times. What is more disturbing is how people who call themselves children of God fall into the same carnal trappings of a corrupt world in their use of social media. Rantings, ungodly posts, irreverent behavior, gossip, bullying and sexually immoral pictures and posts fill the air waves. The advice of the Holy Spirit is a powerful tool to keep oneself unspotted from the world and show a perverse generation what truth and righteousness should be.
Christian’s are to honor those in authority whether they like or agree with the leadership. When Paul wrote his letter to Titus he did not live in a democratic society that allowed him to be as critical as many find themselves expressing today. When Herod the king sent troops to Bethlehem his sole purpose was to ferret out some baby that people thought would be a king. He murdered untold numbers of young children and it was legal. Did anyone protest in the streets and fill Facebook with political rants against the government? They knew they would be imprisoned or killed. This was the same government that held power in the Roman Empire when Paul told Christians to be subject to rulers and authorities. Social media should never be used to criticize and revile the President or government leaders whether it is the present day administration or the ones previous. The Holy Spirit calls that sinful. Citizens of the United States who are citizens of the Kingdom of God are to obey with gladness the laws of the land. The only laws that are permitted to be disobeyed are those that come in direct conflict with the law of God – the word of God. Not an opinion, not a political viewpoint or societal acceptance. Jesus commanded honor be given to Caesar when due as well as to God as required.
There are many good things that can be done in social media. Being ready for every good work is a great way to use social media. The gospel can be shared, downtrodden can be encouraged and teaching of truth can be spread throughout the world. Let the light of Christ shine through the example of godly, modest Christians showing the glory of Christ in their life. Speaking evil of no one is a good model to follow in social media. Kind words, encouraging words and exhortations to help others will bring about more good than the vile gossip often littered across social media. Learn to be peaceable. Reacting to some post is not showing self-control. There are many mechanisms to safeguard against what is offensive. Not everyone has to be a friend and often those who are accepted as friends do not have to be followed. Have the courage to unfriend someone who does not bring the glory of God to the social media platform. Gentleness is a proper way to address social media. Showing all humility to all men is a wonderful way to use social media. The Holy Spirit gave instructions on social media two thousand years ago because whether it was done electronically or not, the problem remains the same.