Sometimes,while scrolling through posts on Instagram or Facebook, I find myself thinking “What was going through this person’s head before posting this?”
and it’s just sad because I’m sure people don’t know what a single post can cause and you wonder why most celebrities get involved in ‘Twitter wars’, it’s probably because one of them decided to use his/her posts to throw shade at another person without thinking of the consequences or how such a person would end up looking in front of others. As Christians and children of the most high God (at least that’s what our bios on Instagram and Facebook say) we are meant to think before posting anything on social media, because we are ambassadors of Christ and that is a huge deal, because believe it or not people would want to be in your business and some may do it so that they can find something negative to use against you just to prove a point, while some would go through your posts probably because they are looking for a friend or mentor, so we have to be careful with what we post and ask ourselves the following questions;
- Why do I want to post this?
- What effect would it have on people?
- Is it bringing glory to myself or God?
- Am I posting to intimidate others?
These are questions I ask myself before posting, because I don’t want to lead someone towards the wrong way because of my lack of thinking before posting or I don’t want someone to have the wrong perception about Christianity as a result of my careless posts. As Christians, our mission is to bring people closer to God and not to chase them away and social media is the only means through which someone in Nigeria can reach someone living in France.
“You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of” Matthew 12:34 [NIV].
Jesus clearly states in the verse above that whatever comes out of our mouth has always been in our hearts and in this case we can say “Whatever comes out of your post is as a result of what your heart is full of”.So for example, if you always post provocative pictures, it could mean that deep inside you want attention and approval from people when you should be getting it from God or if you post about your haters all the time, it could be that you need to check yourself for trust issues.;
We need to ask ourselves what our posts are reflecting and I’ll just add one more one thing, I’m not saying you can’t post pictures of yourself or you and your family and friends sharing happy moments but the intention counts, if it’s to intimidate others or so that your ex boyfriend/girlfriend or ex friend can see how happy you are without them, then you might want to reconsider posting that picture because the problem is from you, but if people hate you for your posts or are intimidated when you have no intention to do so, then in this case the problem is from them and you can’t take the blame for it. Remember, intentions do count.
So I’m challenging you, before you post anything on social media, try thinking about it and the effects it has on people. Thanks for reading, feel free to comment in the comment section below and stick around for the other parts of my social media etiquette series.