I have a confession to make. If Facebook wasn’t part of my job at the church, I don’t think I’d get on very often. It can be depressing, frustrating, confusing, and downright annoying. Why would I want to subject myself to something like that? It feels like it’s easier to simply remove myself from it than to try and understand where people are coming from.
As followers of Christ, we see the world through a different lens. We consider our decisions not by what the world tells us, but by the standards that God has called us to. Would Jesus, the sinless Son of God, use social media if He were living among us today? You might be surprised that my answer is, “yes.”
JESUS WENT TO WHERE PEOPLE WERE.
7 out of 10 adults are active users of Facebook. Instagram has over 1 billion users. Every second there are 6,000 tweets on Twitter. Clearly people are on social media and Jesus proved that He was committed to going to people that needed Him (Luke 8:40-56). It only takes about 2 minutes of scrolling a Twitter feed to see that many on social media are needy people!
JESUS DIDN'T COME TO CALL THE RIGHTEOUS, BUT SINNERS TO REPENTANCE (LUKE 5:32).
There are plenty of negative things happening on social media. Because that is true, I’m convinced that Jesus would use social media as a platform to shine light in the darkness. What better place is there for Jesus to connect with a broad audience of people that desperately need Him?
JESUS WAS COMMITTED TO USING METHODS THAT CONNECTED WITH PEOPLE.
He used fishing terminology with fishermen (Matthew 4:19). He told stories about agriculture to farmers (Matthew 13). He spoke words of healing to the sick (Matthew 8:1-4). He spoke the Word of God to religious leaders (Luke 4:18-21). Social media has a great influence over our culture in 2018. Because of that, It’s hard to imagine that Jesus would not use these tools to call, teach, heal, and rebuke the people of our day.
Back to my own confession about my social media usage. The sad truth is that my reluctance to sign on to my social media accounts may have more to do with the condition of my own heart than the inherent evils found throughout these platforms. Jesus loved people enough to see through what was broken in them. He was not afraid to get down in the mess of sinful and hurting people. In fact, it was why He came!
I don’t think God has called me to mindless scrolling of my social media feeds. However, maybe he’s calling me to learn from people that are different than me. Maybe He’s calling me to give people the benefit of the doubt. Maybe He’s calling me to see people as He sees them. Maybe He’s calling me to love them right where they’re at. Yes, even right there on Facebook.
So if Jesus would use social media, what would he do there? The next post in our social media series will explore that question.