I’ve been struggling lately on social media. Surprised? This old country girl is annoyed with pop culture? I’m sure you’re like, oh here she goes….
But the truth is, I’m so very thankful for social media as a means to teach The Word, encourage others and share truths with those that I can’t reach face to face, but sometimes it can really annoy me.
Does the world annoy me? Nope! I can’t judge the world, they are lost. I get annoyed with public Christian authors and leaders who get so sidetracked by the enemy with things like current events, politics and social issues, that they forget they have a calling, to preach, write and teach.
I literally have decided that I can’t go on Twitter looking for podcasts from some of my favorite teachers because what I keep finding lately is harsh, condemning words aimed at political agendas, World leaders and Hollywood stars. The truth is many of our teachers are leaving us students of the Word starving for bread because they are busy feasting themselves on world issues.
Am I tempted to join in? Oh heck no! The Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 5:12, “What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside.”
We Christians need to stop getting our feathers all ruffled every time something in Washington doesn’t go our way or someone in Hollywood lets us down, no matter how many times we’ve sipped coffee watching them on TV imagining we’ve made some sort of emotional connection to them. Because here’s the thing! They are lost. They need Jesus! They need healing. They need salvation. They need our prayers and they need the Word. Guess who is supposed to be writing and teaching The Word? Authors and Bible Teachers! When we get political and judgemental, we lose a chance to help. We lose a chance to love. We lose a chance to shine light. Guess who will be held accountable for that? Us!
Christians, when this dark world saddens us, when the greed and sexual immorality and idolatry and sin of this world hurts us, when the issues of this world begin to weigh on us, we are called to shine light.
We are light shiners! We are joy bringers! We are hope restorers! We are Christ Sharers! How about we stop the tweets about the mess and preach a message? Because we have the most amazing message to preach. “Christ came into this world to save sinners of whom I was the worst.”