“Why your way is the wrong way”…
The title above is just one of many blog article titles I’ve seen recently in this new trend of posting eye-catching, controversial posts, written for the sole purpose of gaining popularity and quick attention. Now, don’t get me wrong. We all want our words to be read, we want our voices to be heard. But who are we willing to hurt along the way to get views and clicks? What truth will we ignore for those extra likes and shares?
Through my personal blog that you’re currently reading, and the online magazine I run (Identity Girls), I have become quite immersed in “blogger world.” It’s a temptation to seek popularity and lose sight of why I began blogging in the first place, 6 years ago when no one was reading it.
I started my blog because I wanted to have a positive impact on our world…to cultivate beauty…to inspire and encourage…to exude joy…and to share God’s truth in love. It’s easy to hide behind our computers in our safe little bubbles where we can’t see the people we are impacting, or potentially hurting. To all of my fellow bloggers: God has entrusted us with an incredible responsibility…our words can reach and touch the lives of many. But how are you using that influence today?
When did we decide that our opinions were more valuable than the word of God?
“If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.”
Too much of what I see Christians posting on social media is about stirring up problems, fighting, hating, judging, condemning, and spewing unbiblical, harsh opinions…all for the recognition of the online world.
“A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends.”
Our motive for posting anything can’t be fame, popularity, clicks, likes, and shares. That isn’t what Jesus was about. Jesus was a diplomat. Posting blog articles with offensive and eye-catching titles, the content filled with harsh words and judgmental tones…who is that helping? Who’s kingdom is that building?
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”
Even if you’re not a blogger, this applies to you. It applies to each of us. In our generation of social media, we post our every thought on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I advise you to think before you post. Would you say these words to someone’s face? Are they coming from a place of love? Use your words and social media platforms to breath life rather than to break it down. Use the opportunities and spaces you’ve been given to make a positive, loving impact.
Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate. Speak out of kindness, because no matter how “right” and justified we may feel, our God calls us to be kind…to be peacemakers…to love…to nurture. What will you post today?
“I therefore urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”