What Does God Think Of Social Media?

The majority of the people I associate with in the physical world don’t blog — or read blogs — aren’t on Facebook or Twitter, and probably haven’t heard of LinkedIn or Pinterest. But social media is here to stay and seems to be growing in its influence. If in doubt, listen to how many businesses now have Facebook pages or Twitter accounts. Recently a couple of our local TV stations held contests to encourage people to “Like” them. (The prizes were pretty good, too, and I seriously considered putting my name in the hat.)

Another interesting and somewhat related piece of information — WordPress has recently added a new breakdown of my stats. I now can see by country how many views my blog receives.

By country? That startled me the first time I realized people in other parts of the world can read what I’m writing, but since then I’ve had editing clients or inquiries from Australia, Canada, South Africa, and Brazil.

These new stats confirm that, for whatever reason, people from various parts of the world are clicking over to A Christian Worldview of Fiction.

What a small world we are becoming.

Like most things, there are pluses and minuses to this amazing technology. Cyber-bullying has become an issue, but support communities have sprung up for people suffering from abuse or various types of cancer or any number of things. Identity theft has become a problem, but PayPal and online banking has made doing business easier and less time consuming. Dangerous relationships have developed on the Internet, but so have opportunities to help, pray for, and support someone like Katie Davis and her Amazima Ministry.

So what does God think of all this?

I believe He cares about all the stuff of our lives, big or small. He cares about the collective direction the world is taking, and He cares about the personal ramification for each person.

The last time the world got together in such a unified way, God split us up. (See Gen. 11:1-9). Prophecies of the last times, however, suggest there will be unified action again.

All of this togetherness, then, seems to be unfolding according to His sovereign plan.

And for the individual? I’m not sure things are different. If we are to be honest in our face to face relationships, I feel confident God expects us to be honest in our online interactions as well. If we are to be kind to our neighbors, then I believe we are to be kind to our Facebook friends, blog guests, Twitter followers, and the rest.

God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever, hasn’t given us a pass to be rude to people we’ve never met, even when we disagree with them.

Granted, sometimes we don’t realize how our words are coming across. As was mentioned in the recent discussion about fiction, when it comes to writing, intent and interpretation both come into play to yield understanding.

I’ll be honest. I wish I had thought about what God thinks about the Internet years ago. I wish I’d considered what others might be thinking as they read my part of discussions. And I pray that I’ll remember what He thinks about it tomorrow, too.

The Internet and social media are here to stay, and God should be as much a ruler of my thoughts and actions in cyberspace as He is in my living room or church or car.

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Published in: on March 23, 2012 at 6:57 pm  Comments (9)  
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  1. Most excellent. When I first got on the internet I took for a user’s name Soli Deo Gloria. I wanted to see that name every time I logged into a chat room, to remind myself that to God alone is the glory and I shouldn’t try to take glory for myself or do anything that would cause others to withhold giving glory to him.

    Not that I succeeded, of course, but that was my aim, when I took that name. I still believe we should always act with his glory uppermost in our minds. Thanks for the reminder.

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  2. Jesus must really like Facebook since He is so active on it.

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  3. Sally, thank you. Sometimes reminders like that are so helpful. It is so easy to react in kind when someone says something harsh or belittling. I used to hit “Submit” then read over what I’d written. How often I wished I could take something back or rephrase. Somehow I can see what I’ve written as others see it after I publish, not before. The good thing is, it’s made me pray a lot more before posting! 😀

    Becky

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  4. Nissa, very funny. Would that God would type onto my Facebook wall what He’d like me to do today. I’d like that a lot.

    I don’t mind the Bible verses some people quote, though. I’d rather read those than some of the other topics I see.

    Becky

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  5. “startled me the first time I realized people in other parts of the world can read what I’m writing”

    So where did you think I was writing from, lo these many years?

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  6. Ken, before I knew you visited my blog (maybe before you started even) someone stopped by from Germany. Until then it had never crossed my mind that someone apart from the circle of people I knew through personal contact or through discussion boards would stop by my site and read my posts. And to think that they lived half a world away — well, it was sobering really.

    That sense of amazement hasn’t really worn off. I mean, I’ve traveled to places like Tanzania and Japan and Guatemala. I know there’s a BIG world out there. But now, with the click of a publish button, I can write something that might find a reader living anywhere. It’s an amazing, amazing thing, I think.

    Becky

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  7. Indeed.

    And, of course, you can add to the list of “minuses” of this “brave new world” the various kinds of spam. (My stats page, for example, says that since they started keeping per-country stats the country I’ve had the most visitors from other than the U.S. is the Bahamas—but I’ve had such a problem of referrer spam from time to time over the last few years that I have no idea if that’s accurate.)

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  8. Thanks for putting in words some of the thoughts of my heart. May God be Lord of my Facebook status.

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    • Great response, Danny. May we all follow you and make that our prayer.

      Becky

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