There seems to be a growing conversation among Christian friends regarding how to deal with posts on Facebook. Some examples are passive aggressive posts targeted at a specific person, but you can determine exactly who the person is talking about. Warm, fuzzy heartfelt posts that sound good, but are really not biblically accurate. Some posts are not warm and fuzzy at all, but are just plain biblically wrong or misguided.
What do you do? It is confusing to say the least. You cannot control what someone else posts, but you can control what you post. Today, I would like to encourage Christians to post something that is biblically accurate.
Part One: Are Your Posts Biblical?
Do you know we as a nation are receiving information at an all time high rate? The amount of information we see in a day is staggering. It is so easy to click the share button or like something which might not really be so great. As Christians, we need to make sure what we are sharing on our Facebook pages are truly constant with God's word. People are watching what we do as Christians and what we are posting.
Here are some examples of the types of posts I am talking about. Please know that I have just seen these posts "going around". I am not pointing the finger at anyone one person who is doing this. There is nothing but love here friends. Nothing but love.
- "'Fear not' is in the bible 365 times. One for every day of the year." Wow, how encouraged I was when I saw this for the first time. I thought briefly about sharing it on my Facebook page, but decided not to since I really didn't know if it was true or not. Sadly to say, it is not true. If you research it, you will come up with lots of different numbers depending on the translation you are looking up. Regardless, it is not true, but God still loves us and wants us not to fear. I do believe that!
- "Follow your heart, and you will surely fulfill your dreams." This is an example of a type of post I see. Is this true? Jeremiah 17:9 says, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?" Please, don't follow your heart. Not good. Nope. Don't do it.
- "If someone lies to you, don't trust them again." I have to say, if I followed this advice, I would have no one in my life I could trust at all except Christ. I have been lied to by my dad, my mom, my brother, my husband, my son, my daughters and my best friends just to name a few. It is a common sin which I have no doubt everyone reading this right now has done in their lifetime. Is this statement biblically true? No, Peter lied by denying Christ three times, but Christ trusted him to continue to be his disciple. Lying is not an unforgivable sin.
These are just some examples of what I am talking about. Post away with your snuggly pictures of your kids, your fantastic walk up a beautiful mountain trail, chubby baby legs and yummy kitchen masterpieces. I would just encourage you, if you are of the faith, before you share a post of your Facebook page, think about it and filter it through Philippians 4:8-9.
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me-practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you."
Philippians 4:8-9, ESV