Does it seem like your social media newsfeed is full of division and anger right now? You’re not alone. Between an election year in the United States, a global pandemic, social justice tensions, and holiday stress, there’s a lot of kindling for keyboard warriors.
But what if Christians viewed social media not as a cultural battlefield but as their mission field?
Doug Hutchcraft with Ron Hutchcraft Ministries says, “If you’re like me, it might take all of the self-control you have to not express your own frustrations about what’s going on in the world. But why be another loud and argumentative voice? Why not be the one that chooses to be the peacemaker? When was the last time you got into an argument on social media and actually convinced somebody of your viewpoint? It’s more our heart to want to be right than to want peace.
“Like any other medium, it’s not that social media is good or bad, but rather how we choose to use it.”
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries recently hosted a conversation on Facebook Live with Native American young people through their On Eagles’ Wings outreach. They talked about loneliness, suicide, the pandemic, and what it all means in the context of faith.
Hutchcraft says, “It was amazing – even though it’s an online thing and you’re not in the same room – how much God used that.”
When we set aside our personal agendas on social media, it opens the door for Gospel-focused interactions like this.
So what does it look like to engage social media day-after-day with the mindset of an ambassador for Christ?
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for the needs and hearts of the people you see on your social media newsfeed today.
- Ask God to give you wisdom and grace as you post, comment, and share on social media.
- Give your social media platforms to the Lord and ask Him to use them for His glory.