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.
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:
- 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.
- 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?