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I have a lot of friends on Facebook and a number of people I follow on Twitter.  I enjoy seeing pictures of babies or beautiful scenes from your vacation.  I appreciate getting a 140 character or less word of encouragement or even conviction.  I follow a wide spectrum of people – from close friends to favorite athletes.

In recent years, social media has become an amazing source and resource.  News from revolutions or protests spreads through twitter long before the news camera’s show up.  Pictures of weather confirm the weather man wrong.  On site information is available instantly. Personally, friends and family even have been able to follow the news of my wife giving birth with pictures of our growing family beautifully filtered on Instagram (not that my kids need any help being cute!).

With all of this being said (and there’s much more that could be said), I wanted to pause for a moment and challenge the followers of Jesus to examine their hearts and “mouths” in relationship to social media.  Remember what Jesus and the New Testament has taught us:

Matthew 12:34-35 – You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. “The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil.

Matthew 15:11 – “It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man.”

Luke 6:45 – “The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.

Ephesians 4:29 – Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.

James 3:8-10 – But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God;  from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.

I think this is a good reminder for all of us.  I am saddened to see how some of my friends, whose religious preference on Facebook says “Christian” use social media.  Do we use social media in a way that if not for the religious preference line on our info page, no one would know we follow Jesus?  If that’s the case, we’re probably not following Jesus.

The funny thing is, in many ways, who we are online is a reflection of who we really are in reality.  Who I am when no one is looking is who I am!  Out of our hearts will come words which will reflect what’s really in our hearts, even if they are typed in 140 characters or less.

3 Responses to “Your Heart & Your Mouth & Social Media”

  1. on 07 Aug 2012 at 9:03 amSarah

    A good word, Victor. Thank you. The same principle applies to the blogosphere too. How easy it is to forget that comments typed in the space of a few moments instantly become a permanent public testimony about who I am as a person.

  2. on 07 Aug 2012 at 10:58 pmDoubting Thomas

    I agree Victor,
    If people see Christians behaving in the same (rude/aggressive) way that the worldly people (non Christians) are behaving. Then they will conclude that there is no practical difference between them, and that they are basically the same…

  3. on 08 Aug 2012 at 2:13 amtimothy

    Thanks too Victor!

  

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