Over the last 10 years, there has been a radical shift in communication. From Instagram stories to the Facebook timeline, social media has become the leading way to share ideas and experiences. In some ways, this has been a beautiful transition. With this change, we can easily interact with family members abroad, enjoy niche-based Facebook groups with strangers, and perfected recipes on Pinterest. In many ways, the top news stories and our perspectives on hot topics are all a mere click away. Yet many don’t realize the power and responsibility that also comes along with social media.
As Christians, this can be a valuable tool to spread positivity to anyone who simply selects “follow” on their page. Just as Jesus went to the places where people gathered, we are presented with an excellent opportunity to meet people virtually and spread the Gospel. Social media allows us to live out the Great Commission daily and intentionally within a modern framework.
Unfortunately, there are many Christians who do not use proper discernment when sharing. They make the presumption that their Facebook, Instagram or Twitter page is their “personal” online space to be used as they please. However, it is clear that what we say in these virtual public spaces will undoubtedly reflect the God we serve. When we choose to post in ways that draw attention to ourselves, purposefully cause frustration, or lead others to stumble, we must ask ourselves if God is pleased by how we choose to use our platform.
Quite simply, we must learn to pause before we post.
With this in mind, let’s consider 9 social media habits that Christians should consider quitting.
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