Anyone who knows me in person or follows me through social media will say that I have embraced social media. I like to share posts of quotes I like or thoughts I have, I enjoy reading through what others are posting, and sometimes I will even comment on those posts. I will admit that I like social media…however…
There is way to much complaining that happens on social media. Too often I feel like a good number of the posts, tweets, and status updates I read are simply someone complaining about things that bother them or sharing how bad their day is going. I understand a big part of the idea behind social media is to share what you are thinking or feeling, but there still needs to be some discretion on the part of those posting in terms of what they are sharing.
This is especially true of those who claim to be Followers of Christ! We should not be complaining on these sites at all.
Philippians 2:14-16 says: “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe”.
Do EVERYTHING without complaining…that includes what we post on social media sites for all to see. God calls us to strive to be blameless and pure in a world of impurity so that we will “shine like stars”, but that is not going to happen if we are always complaining for the whole world to see.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says: “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
We are told to be joyful ALWAYS and give thanks in ALL CIRCUMSTANCES…no room for complaining. If something is difficult or we are struggling with something, then we are to be praying continually. This is God’s will for how we are to live as Followers of Christ.
Truth is, when we constantly focus on what we don’t like and complain about it, our focus remains on what we don’t like and we will continue to complain…it’s a cycle that only leads to more of the same. The more we complain, the more we will complain. And eventually that becomes our thought pattern and others will begin to see us as the one who always complains. I don’t know of anyone who wants to be known for that.
Social media is great,when used properly. It’s a great way to stay up to date with people, even when you can’t see them regularly. But we need to do a better job of having discretion concerning what we are posting and sharing…especially if we claim to follow Christ, because it is biblical.
Do everything without complaining, be joyful always, and give thanks in all circumstances. Social media posts included.