Entangled in the web
It’s a hot day in Jerusalem. Jesus is strolling through a busy marketplace. Suddenly, he reaches under his robe, grabs his phone, and snaps a picture of the crowd #beautiful day. He then tweets where he will be speaking next, a pharisee comments, Jesus favourites the comment. As crowds gather on a hillside, peter opens his camera app and shows the disciples a video where Jesus casts a demon out of a man. Andrew responds “you have to put that on YouTube. It will have a million views by tonight. Thomas looks at Andrew and says, “I’ll believe it when I see it”.
How would Jesus respond to social media?
The above scenario sounds a bit crazy. But have you ever considered how Jesus would respond to social media? How would he interact with the platforms like Facebook, twitter snap-chat, Instagram.
I believe Jesus would engage on social media by:
- Having a purpose and not to pass the time. He would have one goal to point people to God.
- He would follow, share and retweet a lot of people who are not Christians. Jesus came to affirm all people
- He would intentionally disengage from social media to engage with his father. He wouldn’t allow it to control his life or compare it to others.
Social media gives us a great opportunity to bring truth and light into a dark world. God wants to bless our time on social media. He wants it to be fruitful and joyful.
However, too often we can become entangled in the web and end up
- Picking fights/ranting about the latest decision from the government
- Comparing our lives to others
- Believing fake news
- Removing ourselves
- Scrolling through but not adding anything
- Use as a personal sounding board for life’s frustrations
- Hiding behind it
In the light of recent events these all ring true to us. However, all of these can slowly destroy the mystery and privacy of our lives. God is mysterious and being created in his image, there is a layer of mystery and privacy required to maintain a healthy relationship with ourselves, God and others.
“If you want good fruit, you must make the tree good. If your tree is not good, it will have bad fruit. A tree is known by the kind of food it produces. You snakes! you are evil people, so how can you say anything good? The mouth speaks the things that are in the heart. Good people have good things in their hearts, and so they say good things. But evil people have evil in their hearts, so they say evil things. And I tell you on Judgement day people will be responsible for every careless thing they have said. The words you have said will be used to judge you. Some of your words will prove you right, but some of your words will prove you guilty”.
(Matthew 12:33-37) Our inward motivation affects our outward behaviour.
Consider today how we use social media and why we use it.
More importantly in the light of recent events how can we share good news to bring truth and light into our world and point people to God.
- Send someone an encouraging message
- Continue to use school platforms to spread the word around our community that we are not alone, and that God is always with us.
Jesus would engage social media with a purpose. Let us do the same!
Lord, creator of the real world,
I bring before you all I find on the internet:
The many words- both true and false
The many people both – near and far
The many details – important and trivial
The many images- of the best and worst in man.
Free me – where I’ve become entangled in the web.
Heal me- where its images have wounded my soul.
Lead me back to the truth- where I’ve been led astray.
Help me to distinguish
the virtual from the real world,
to choose wisely the things that really matter,
to resist firmly all manipulation,
to use with measure what is set before me,
and bravely live my daily life with you