Thursday, 28 January 2016

What is your social media speaking to others?

But the things that come out of a person's mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. (Matthew 15:18 NIV)
You know the saying, 'what comes from your mouth is a sign of the state of your heart', but these days I think we can expand that to what we see on your Facebook timeline. Social media has very much become the mouthpiece of our lives hasn't it?
“For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. (Luke 6:43-45 ESV)
There are times when I am greatly disappointed when looking through my Facebook feed - or Instagram feed - or Snapchat story... because I see people who profess a faith in Jesus posting some pretty worldly stuff, some pretty terrible language and sometimes quite hateful and unkind material.

If questioned about it most times people simply use the excuse that they've just 'shared' it... not actually written it themselves, but why is that any less disappointing?  It has your name on it now... when people see it they connect it to you...

The one that gets me the most is when people think it's fine to use acronyms to insinuate swearing, or blasphemy... but because it is just 2 or 3 letters that makes it ok?  No!  My mind reads that out in full, and so I am sure everyone gets what you're saying... even if you're not meaning to say it. What a pathetic excuse.

On the most part I think we all need to clean up out act on social media.  If we're wanting to shine Jesus in our lives, then we can't taint that by what people read on our walls.  If your Facebook feed is full of bad fruit then you need to question how good a tree is rooted in your life.  It may be time for some serious pruning!

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