June 23, 2017

Social Media: Resources for Christians

{Read “Social Media: a Christian Perspective” here}

Social media comes with great responsibility, especially for Christians.

We are commanded to think on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praise-worthy… and so everything we share promote those things. That means everything we speak in real life, as well as everything we post online.

Social Media: Resources for Christians

 

How can we do that? How can we fulfill Philippians 4:8 in every social media situation? How can we glorify God in our time online?

First, by reading God’s Word. You must read it, to know it. And you must know it, to understand and apply it. Second, by reading Scripturally-centered resources. Blog posts, books, magazine articles, sermons — anything that adheres to God’s Word, uses common sense, and promotes biblical principles.

Man’s words never compare to God’s. But other people can help us see modern applications for timeless biblical principles. Such as, how Philippians 4:8 applies to spending time on Pinterest or chatting on Twitter.

Christians who are rooted in God’s Word, faithfully proclaiming sound doctrine, can offer great resources for applying God’s truth–even in the context of social media. 

Here are some such resources (and I’d love to find more — if you know of any, leave me a link in the comments!):

 

8 Ways to Redeem Social Media – This is an article I wrote for Time-Warp-Wife last fall. It asks the questions, “What if you could actually redeem your time on Facebook and Twitter? What if you could literally buy back the time, and make it count for eternity?”

 

How to Grow Your Faith Using Technology and Social Media – Rachel has been sharing a series about how faith and technology interact. This article provides some resources and suggestions for growing and sharing your faith through technology and social media.

 

 

Ten Tips for Making the Most of Online Community – Keyboards and screens let us share, befriend, and connect with people all over the world. Yet we have a responsibility to obey Ephesians 4:29. Do Not Depart offers ten ways to obey God’s Word, show His love to others, and glorify Him — all through the medium of online connections.

 

 

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Reach: How to Use Your Social Media Influence for the Glory of God – This short ebook connects the disciple-making and social media. In its own words, “Reach will help you learn practical ways to use Facebook, Twitter and other social platforms to help fulfill the Great Commission online.” It includes real-life examples and thought-provoking questions.

 

 

From the Garden to the City: the Redeeming and Corrupting Power of Technology – John Dyer’s book traces technology’s usage from the Garden of Eden, through ancient and modern times, even to the future city of the New Jerusalem. Throughout that timeline, Dyer offers some clear and precise definitions and shares realistic and thought-provoking illustrations of both its usefulness and its harmfulness. Read my review here.

 

 

What other resources can you recommend, to help Christians use social media for God’s glory?

And how about you: What principles do you follow? What guardrails have you set in place? How do you personally strive to glorify God in your time online?

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Comments

  1. the white wave says:

    Thanks so much for the resources! I printed them out, so I’ll have plenty to read and think about and pray about as I strive to encourage other believers through my social media. I don’t take the responsibility lightly.

  2. These are very good, thank you!

  3. Thanks for sharing Girl! Great list!

  4. There are a number of great blog posts on the subject over at Challies.com. Simply go to the site and search on social media for the listing. Also, Tim Challies has written a book called The Next Story: Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion. (His blog is a good one to subscribe to, too!)

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