At various times in my life, I have contemplated going off social media all together. Probably like you, I grow tired of the negativity, divisiveness, and cat pictures (my apologies to all you cat lovers :)). And at different points I have stepped back from social media and gone off it for several days. Despite it’s flaws, personally I have found social media so helpful and the reason I choose to stay engaged is threefold.
First, social media offers me a platform to be salt and light. The only way you and I can escape all negativity is to completely remove ourselves from all people (even then I would argue we would still have issues!). Everywhere we go there is the battle of contrasting worldviews that people may have. However, I believe Jesus has not called his followers to be removed from this world but rather to be salt and light. One of the greatest ways Christians can do this is through social media. With one message, we can literally impact hundreds or thousands of people. Amazing!
Second, social media is a powerful connector. Many of the connections I have made in life have come through LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter (My wife included but that’s a different story). Living in a city, it can be tough to get to know people. Everyone is constantly running and doing many different things. But through social media I can quickly find people in my area who have similar likes and dislikes. It’s awesome!
Third, social media lets me know what others are thinking. This can be both good and bad :). Through looking at a person’s feed, you can quickly see their unfiltered interests and passions. In 2 minutes, I can often know what type of entertainment they like, their associations in life, and general outlook towards God. There is no way you could discover this much info about someone else in the same short amount of time in person…unless you had a really fast high-speed awkward conversation (having funny mental images in my mind).
While I love social media, this past election cycle has indicated that perhaps Christians in general could posibly do a better job in spreading salt and light online. So, here are Ten Ways Christians Can Make Social Media a More Positive Experience!