Have you ever realized how much disinformation there is circulating around the media? One person shares a link to an article saying one thing, and then moments later another person shares an article refuting the prior linked article. It makes you wonder if we can actually know what is true online. As Christians, we have to be very mindful of how we engage with social media platforms as well, as where we get our news from because of how much disinformation there is on the web.
In Matthew 24, Jesus is sharing with His disciples the events that will be happening right before His second coming. Before He goes into false saviors, earthquakes, wars, etc., He says, "see to it that no one misleads you." (Matthew 24:4). As disciples of Christ, we should constantly be on guard with what information we are taking in being like the Berean's of Paul's day, and searching the scriptures to make sure what is said is true. Now some information won't always be strictly dealing with the Bible, but the principle stays the same—diligently seek out if what we are reading is true from a testimony of 2-3 witnesses.
Because of the informational age we live in, it's not enough to simply be aware of where our news and information comes from, or to double check to confirm that it's true, but we should also be VERY careful in what we share and what we post. As a follower of Jesus, our call is to act as ambassadors of Christ. Paul puts it this way in 2 Corinthians 5:20 "therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us." Does your social media posts reflect being an ambassador? Where people realize that you are different and living for a different world? Now I'm not saying we can't share our thoughts on current issues, but we should make sure that our thoughts are in line with following Jesus and not demeaning or divisive. We live in a very fractured world—one in dire need of reconciliation. Christ gifts us that ministry of reconciliation.
It is because of these complex issues that at tomorrow evening's Vespers, we will be watching the documentary "The Social Dilemma" (1hr 34min) and then discussing how, as Christians, we can navigate social media. We will be watching it in the fellowship hall starting at 6 pm. Bring snacks, popcorn, and drinks. It's a fantastic documentary, and one that is incredibly insightful at what is really going on with social media. I look forward to watching it with you and unpacking how we can navigate as Christians in this crazy time!
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