“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” Corinthians 10:31 NIV
Sunday my Pastor convicted us Facebook and Twitter users. He said, “Why not use your Facebook and Twitter to the glory of the Lord?” I was immediately convicted in that moment because I am sure that I have posted some things that may not be for His glory. Whether it was my political or “professional” opinion, it may not have been to His glory. I always felt that if I can post something and not mind if it is pulled up twenty years from now, I’m ok. But that doesn’t mean that what I posted was for His glory.
How easy is it to look at someone’s Facebook or Twitter page and judge them based on their pictures? I’ve done it, I can remember thinking, “I can’t believe so and so posted that picture, I thought they were a Christian.” The picture may have been vulgar or inappropriate, but where I failed is not confronting them in love opposed to judging them in my head. This is NOT using my Facebook to the glory of the Lord. If “I’m” a Christian, I’m the one that should have followed Jesus’ instructions in Matthew 18: 15 NIV, “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you.” Underline the phrase, “just between the two of you!” It doesn’t say you and your Christian friend who you secretly gossip with!
I know for a fact that I am an emotional person. I have come to like that about me. But one thing I learned is, “Only a fool says everything that is on his mind.” The Bible says it more eloquently, “Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.” (Proverbs 29:11 NIV) Just because something is on my mind, especially if it is not to encourage someone, edify the kingdom, or bring glory to God, I probably do not need to say it (or type it).
I had to do a self-check and decide that even though I can eat my words or the things that I post, especially my political opinion, if it isn’t to God’s glory, I either need to not post it or present it in a better package. The Word tells us, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21 NIV) Although I can eat it in a worldly sense, is the same true in a spiritual sense? Am I pleasing God with my words? In this case, it has nothing to do with what the world thinks but about what God thinks. The pictures and posts I “like”, are they to the glory of God? There are so many pictures on Facebook and Twitter that “liking” them or “retweeting” them is not in any way advancing the Kingdom or encouraging someone else.
Pray with me…
Please forgive me for the sins I commit on my social media pages. I have to remember that because I am Yours, I am set apart. Some of the things the world may post, find important, or laughs at, those are not the things You want me to participate in. You told me, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2 NIV) Lord, You know I am not perfect, but if I know better, I can do better. Lord, please help guide my thoughts, my mouth, and my status updates. Help me to remember that everything I do should be pleasing to You. The world is not the judge, You are! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you today to think before you post or tweet. Ask yourself; is this to the glory of God? Now I am not referring to status updates that track and journal the events of lives, but those updates that are pointed to or reference other things that affect other people. We are God’s Girls; let’s do our best to act accordingly.
How will you ensure that your posts and tweets are all for His glory? Share your ideas below.
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As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is a university administrator. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV) Khalilah also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment. Her passion is mentoring young women and marriage empowerment. She resides in Orange Beach, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their two daughters. They are members of New Beginnings Christian Center in Foley, AL.