What Can My Social Do – Using FB IG Twitter As Members of The Body
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good, And what does the
Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to
walk humbly with your God” Micah 6:8 NIV
To the ministers, evangelist, elders, deacons and workers,
stay the course, keep the faith!!
As a member of the Body of Christ I share that technology
can help each of us or hinder our growth. We must put forth
the influence of the spirit first not the influence of technology.
Twitter is a phenomenal tool to share content, make
connections both personal and sharing our faith. The
Church must be careful not to be pulled into embarrassing
situations with digital content. The reach of using Twitter is
beyond local engagements, community networking, it is a
platform that can inspire thousands and millions.
Examples can be seen from entertainers, athletes, authors,
educators and even presidents of nations. The Body of Christ
must be reminded that we cannot be like the world in our
digital and physical lives, if we are to be role models and
followers of Christ it is beyond just asking what would Jesus
do, we should know what Jesus would do and follow him.
Church of Christ ministries are learning that tech can be their
best bet for expanding their ministerial reach in discipleship
That content is important, but what is the purpose of the
content. Is it to edify and praise our Lord Jesus Christ or is
it to just share information like gossip and false narratives.
There has to be a plan and a strategy when using social media.
The pandemic has made Members of the Body of Christ use
digital tools that once were only used to find news and
entertainment, this has gone through a drastic change that
has changed people’s lives forever.
The use of Twitter is a valuable tool, the Body of Christ must
remember “you are what you Tweet,” and you represent the
Brand of the Church of Christ where Christ is the head. Your
content is a representation of who you are and where you
worship. Your content is also associated with your faith and
who you worship with. Guilt by association is fundamental
to being a Christian.
As a member of the Body of Christ I follow Christ and I’m
guilty of being a follower of Christ. Because of social media
I have connected with members of the Body of Christ across
Africa, India, Asia, the United States and even Central
America. Even though there are language challenges the spirit
of the Lord helps us to communicate and the use of Google
Church of Christ ministries must make use of their knowledgeable
people and guided in the use of technology in ministry, discipleship
and evangelistic works. The Church of Christ must also use their
language speakers to welcome others that speak different languages
to share the Word of God in different ways.
Social Media is manipulated in so many ways it takes diligence of the
reader to make sure they are not seeing fake news, propaganda and
distracting messages. Church of Christ members must be careful of
what they agree to, sign up for, what they like and what they repost
because their behaviors can reflect the mentalities that do not go
with their ministries. Being a member of the Body of Christ even
on social media your behaviors represent Christ and the Body of
Stated in the publication The Christian Chronicle, Taneise Perry
of Kingdom Church of Christ in Charlotte, N.C. has stated that,
“Whether it’s in person or in this social media realm of
online-ness, we have a responsibility to reflect Jesus and to
reflect honesty and truth.”
Being true members of the Body of Christ our message is one
of faith, one body and love and obedience to Christ as disciples.
Using digital tools allows our reach to extend even further.
This does not mean to post scriptures on Twitter every time
online, it means sharing your faith by your behaviors and
extending a welcoming message to issues and events online.
To have peaceful conversations based on scripture not opinions.
Having the thoughts of self-analysis, self-reflection and humility.
It can be hard to remember we are a reflection of Christ so think
about your postings as a conversation. Would that same posting
be a conversation that you would have with the minister, deacon,
elder or others in leadership in the ministry?
Just as we study the word, research the word and pray on the
word we need to do the same with our online content. Pray for
discernment and clarity of what is read that is not biblical to
make sure minds are not lead astray in the world and lead
hearts and minds away from Christ.
Content is key and influential, the engagement of sharing
so many concepts can lead people to Christ or lead them away.
John Edmerson of Vineyard Church of Christ states that, “if you’re
able to manage your thoughts, manage your emotions, and say,
I’m going to respond, but before I respond let me understand.”
Understanding is important because Twitter is not a platform to
argue, express hatred, call out people or put people down. Twitter
allows each of us to learn different perspectives. We must respect
people, their ideas, their beliefs, their ideologies and current path
Christ in his teachings did not condemn, slam, cast out or threaten
to send people to hell. He spoke of life, living, changing mentalities,
changing hearts and minds, the opening of eyes and growth in spirit.
I use Twitter every day to share information about my teaching, my
faith, my business, my blogging and even my family. Being true to
being a member of the Body of Christ I pray that my content is peaceful,
purposeful, productive, empowering and that Christ would be please.
As members of the Body of Christ we cannot allow for spiritual peer
pressure from others to do things outside of the spirit. Friendships and
peer pressure even as adults can affect how we behave and act.
Too many times people have followed the gospel of opinion instead
of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If you do not understand what I’m
saying pray on it and the spirit will make it clear. Whose opinion will
you listen to Lord or man?
As members of the Body of Christ there must be this intention to
help others and engage in respectful conversations. These
conversations can be in local ministries, national and international
even involved in community discussion about safety, wellness, mental
and spiritual health. We must have these discussions with our youth,
teens and young adults to and lead them the right way.
Christians must show grace and forgiveness no matter how hard it is.
To learn from each digital engagement that may be harsh and apply
scripture. Christ knows our hearts and intentions so prayer and
discernment is valuable.
Reading scripture in Matthew 12:36 it shares that, “I tell you, on the
day of judgement, people will give an account of every careless
word they speak.” Be mindful that we speak with digital words that
are read and influence many people.
Members of the Body of Christ must be mindful and have a realistic
understanding that when they post online they’re speaking too. Christ
will look at that and hold you accountable.
In this age of digital engagement would you follow Christ on Facebook,
would you follow Christ on Instagram and other platforms? Understand
your ability of share scripture on a level of digital and fundamental change.
Christ is an example of how to be one body made of many parts. Each
part represents that whole and we must keep uplifting the whole not just
the parts we like the best.
Church of Christ must be aware of the false narratives, they must be
prepared for the false teachings and be able to see how the enemy is
manipulating content to lead people the wrong way.
We are the Body of Christ the individual parts of Christ, but still a part
of the whole body and our actions, reactions influence can make beautiful
contributions to the world or seen as a cancer ready to destroy the world,.
Our social media content is very powerful and influential, what would you
have the world say about your faith after reading your posts?
The is influenced by the writings of Hamil R. Harris, Christian Chronicle
correspondent and Glenarden Church of Christ in Maryland, United States
September 2020, pp.14
The Body of Christ must now have classes teaching members how to
understand what is being seen, heard and felt on an intellectual and
heart filled way. Scripture is vital and the interpretation is the key to
change that is transformative and life changing. Technology alone
cannot save souls and keep souls saved, but it can spread the gospel
if done strategically and purposefully.