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Be Careful on Social Media

The apostle Paul must have had supernatural knowledge of the internet and social media. I love how he says things like... "Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character" (I Corinthians 13:35) and "let no corrupt communication come out of your mouth" (Ephesians 4:29). I also love how he says, "And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him" (Colossians 3:17).

Social media is a necessary evil. We need it to communicate, spread the gospel and for building relationships. However, we need to heed a few warnings: 1) Be careful of the company you keep. 2) Be careful of the content you share. 3) Make sure that God is glorified in all things.

Back in 2019, this very week, I "purged" about 1200 people on Facebook in under 48 hours. I had over 4,000 "friends." Many of those people were individuals I did not know well or were unsure of their intentions for "following" me. It was nothing personal. Facebook only allows 5000 followers anyway. Why did I do it? The main reason is that I tired of people arguing or slandering others (including myself) and I tired of reading their posts and comments. Sorry if you feel triggered! If you want to use your pages for spreading hate, gossip and ignorance, I won't stop you. But I will discourage you from doing it in public.

If you want to glorify God on social media... let your light shine, but be careful how you do it. The parable of the sower used to be my model (Matthew 13). Sow the seed and let God work out the result. Now I am thinking differently. Let's follow the advice of Jesus to "be wise as serpents and innocent as doves" (Matthew 10:16). You don't have to fear the enemy, but you also shouldn't invite him to dinner. Be careful!

You are loved.

Dr. Ray Reynolds

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