Christianity and Social Networking

Facebook Emotions

HEARING THE EXPRESSION “YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT”:

Probably a more precise saying might be “You are what you speak.”

The words that come from out of our mouth and then posted on the social networks yield a much greater power than we realize.  How so?  Since I’ve been reading and meditating in the Book of Proverbs recently, I came upon the following verse which then launched me into today’s subject matter:

PROVERBS 18:21:  “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].”

An example to go with that PROVERB might be, “Those F-words on that sign carrying bigot, it just KILL ME!“; as you are posting the picture on your timeline page.  Am I exaggerating the point of the POWER of the tongue?  Maybe.  But I know personally, in disciplining myself, what kind of FRUIT do I eat?  If we all realized the POWER–what comes out of our mouth, we would be far more careful in choosing our words.  Even when quoting the Word of God, we must quote by God’s Spirit and not by our own motivations.

“CAN YOU JUDGE A FACEBOOK BY ITS COVER?” [Exerts by Jeff Strite]

Although “SOCIAL NETWORKING” has exploded as of late, the most popular is Facebook.  Jeff Strite mentioned, “that if the users of Facebook made up their own country, they would have the 3rd largest nation on earth with a population of over 400 million.  65 million of those people access their Facebook account regularly by cell phone or mobile devices.”

He goes on to say that “the average user has about 130 Facebook friends, spends more than 55 minutes a day on their site talking with friends, posting pictures and reading about other people they met online.”  Okay, I’m GUILTY!  I confess.

Essentially, Facebook is a place where people tell other people WHO THEY ARE!  Well, actually it’s a place where people tell other people who they THINK they are…   Well, actually, it’s a place where people tell others how they WISH OTHERS THOUGHT they were.

THE TEXT:  Luke 6:43-45 AMPLIFIED BIBLE :

“For there is no good (healthy) tree that bears decayed (worthless, stale) fruit, nor on the other hand does a decayed (worthless, sickly) tree bear good fruit.  For each tree is known and identified by its own fruit; for figs are not gathered from thorn-bushes, nor is a cluster of grapes picked from a bramble-bush.    The upright (honorable, intrinsically good) man out of the good treasure [stored] in his heart produces what is upright (honorable and intrinsically good), and the evil man out of the evil storehouse brings forth that which is depraved (wicked and intrinsically evil); FOR OUT OF THE ABUNDANCE (overflow) OF THE HEART HIS MOUTH SPEAKS.” ~
[The WORD Detective’s capitalization is for emphasis].


“CAN YOU JUDGE A FACEBOOK BY ITS COVER?”

There are Christians today, sitting right next to you in church, who gossip, slander, backbite and curse–this is NOT GOOD FRUIT (verses 43, 44).

Jesus said in Matthew 12:36:  “But I tell you, on the day of judgement men will have to give account for every idle (inoperative, non working) word they speak.”

Whatever comes out of your mouth, reveals the content of your heart (verse 45).  It Becomes A Spiritual Discipline On Your Facebook Page.

Now the word DISCIPLINE means  “training, self-control, obedience” ~ The Roget’s Thesaurus In Dictionary Form.  It is a spiritual discipline–to watch what we put on our Facebook page, our  “social networking”; and what links we SHARE with others.  We must, as Christians bloggers, writers, church attenders, family  members, WATCH OUR WORDS!

PROVERBS 21:23:  “He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from troubles.”

PROVERBS 10:19:  “In a multitude of words transgression is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is prudent.”

PROVERBS 17:27:  “He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding has a cool spirit.”

CONFESSION:

“Calling things that are not as though they are.”

Some Christians get this concept confused.  Romans 4:17 says, “Who gives life to the dead and speaks of the nonexistent things that [He has foretold and promised] as if they [already] existed.”  We are made in God’s image, we have been created to have dominion (POWER) over the earth (Genesis 1).

JOB 22:28:  “You shall also decide and decree a thing, and it shall be established for you; and the light [of god’s favor] shall shine upon your ways.”

However, our CONFESSION must be in line with WORD “things”; God’s Word–if not, we become ‘dabblers’ in witchcraft.  Harsh? Do some investigation of your own on the topic.

JAMES 1:26:  “If anyone thinks of himself to be religious (piously observant of external duties of his faith) and does not bridle his tongue but deludes his own heart, this person’s religious service is worthless (futile, barren).”

Are WORDS we speak and write on the Social Network, shouldn’t they be of the spirit; be a blessing and in love to the edifying of one another?

PROVERBS 10:20-21:  [20] “The tongues of those who are upright and in right standing with God are as choice silver; the minds of those who are wicked and out of harmony with God are of little value.  [21]  The lips of the [uncompromisingly] righteous, feed and guide many, but fools die for want of understanding and heart.”

SOWING AND REAPING:

Looking back at the expression “You are what you eat” and the more truthful saying “You are what you SPEAK.”

The first, is talking about a PHYSICAL TRUTH.  We are NOT just PHYSICAL BEINGS–  IN FACT, OUR PHYSICAL REALM SHOULD BE THE LEAST OF OUR BEING:

DEUTERONOMY 8:3:  “And He humbled you and allowed you to hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you recognize and personally know that man does not live by bread only, BUT man lives by every WORD that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.”

PROVERBS 18:20:  “A man’s [moral] self shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; and with the consequence of his words he must be satisfied [whether good or evil].”

MATTHEW 15:10-11:  [10] “And Jesus called the people to Him and said to them, Listen and grasp and comprehend this;  [11] It is not what goes into the mouth of a man that makes him unclean and defiled, but what comes out of the mouth; this makes a man unclean and defiles [him].”

But We ARE Spiritual Beings:

It’s NOT what goes into our flesh BUT… what is IN our heart that can damage us.  It’s what comes out of our mouths and sometimes displayed on the Social Networks that yields our outcome.  Let me make it a little plainer:

–Your DECLARATION sets your direction.

–Your PROCLAMATION determines your position.

–Your SPEECH release your success.

–Your CONFESSION delivers your conquest.

–Your VOICE releases your victory.

–Your WORDS produce your wealth.

THERE IS A SPIRITUAL PRINCIPAL AT WORK HERE:

Our connections, our networking with the Social Media (Facebook, Google+, etc.), is and should be–SOWING AND REAPING.

GALATIANS 6:7:  “Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside).  [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.]  For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap.”

In other words, if you SOW BITTERNESS, don’t be upset if your Facebook friends are bitter towards you.  If you are SOWING SELFISHNESS, don’t be upset if people are selfish toward you.  If you PLANT WORD SEEDS, don’t be surprised when they grow!  If you write on your Facebook “wall”; you’re old and worn out–don’t be surprised if your body starts to break down.  If you SAY that you’re “dumb”, then you are proving it:

PROVERBS 23:7:  “For as he thinks in his heart [soul], so is he…”

REALIZE WHAT IS COMING OUT OF YOUR MOUTH:

Before we make “comments” on someones Facebook page or someones posts, it can be and will be an overflow of your heart.  Computer lingo calls it, “Garbage in–Garbage out.”

One of my favorite verses to quote in the Old Testament comes out of the Book of Joshua: 

“This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it.  For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success”  (Joshua 1:8 AMP).

If you want to guard your tongue–get the Standard, the measuring stick–God’s Word.  Then before you go to your social network place, ask Jesus to help you.  Ask the Holy Spirit to prick your heart, every time something begins to come out of your mouth and inserted on the Facebook page that is not of Him.

AN ILLUSTRATION IN CONNECTIVITY:

Many pastors in our culture are connecting to cyberspace through the social networks.  One story is from a pastor, who shares an instance of “connectivity” with a “church member” of his flock.  See if it brings home the idea Cover?”  “Can You Judge A Facebook by its Cover?”

“I remember one women in our church who ‘friended’ me on Facebook (in other words, she asked to be able to read my posts and put her posts on my HOME Page.)  Now that was nice…it was a compliment to me and of course I said “YES.”  But then I began to notice a disturbing pattern in her postings.  What she wrote on HER Facebook (thus SHARING with me), often had foul words; so I sent her a private message saying, ‘I was offended by some of your conversations and news links with obscene material.’  She messaged me back, apologizing profusely and said she would STOP speaking that way and sharing inappropriate material on Facebook.  That lasted for about a day; then back to the same pattern.  So I sent her another message and her reply? There wasn’t an answer in writing a message but instead…she ‘unfriended’ me; cut me off from her Facebook page.  She did so because (in her mind), if I didn’t KNOW what she was saying and doing…she could keep on doing it.”

Now that lady in the story, could hide what she was saying to her pastor, but she can’t hide those things from God.

JEREMIAH 16:17:  “For My eyes are on ALL their ways; they are not hidden from My face, neither is their iniquity concealed from My eyes.”

HEBREWS 4:13:  “And not a creature exists that is concealed from His sight, but ALL things are open and exposed, naked and defenseless to the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do.”

The WORDS of JESUS in Luke 6:43-45.

Jesus is essentially telling us that God has a Facebook page on us.  God sees exactly who you and I are and that every word we speak is recorded; every action we do is shown.  That’s because God see us as we really are.

God is looking to see what kind of FRUIT we’re bearing.  JESUS says, “For there is no good (healthy) tree that bears decayed fruit, nor on the other hand does a decayed tree bear good FRUIT”  (Luke 6:43).

God LOOKS at what we are saying, including our Facebook entries and out blogging: 

“The upright man (honorable, intrinsically good) man out of the good treasure [stored] in his heart produces what is upright…for out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart his mouth SPEAKS”  (Luke 6:45 AMP). 

God LOOKS at what we DO and how we say it: 

“Why do you call Me, Lord, Lord, and do not [PRACTICE] what I tell you”  (Luke 6:46 AMP).

QUESTIONS:

Can Christians and Social Networking really work together?  In my humble opinion…”YES” if…we are careful in our doing with the WORDS we convey to others.  I’ve been reading in Proverbs daily and ran across this verse:

“A SOFT answer turns away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger”  (Prov. 15:1).

A reminder to me and you, that WORDS are things!  The old saying “sticks and stones will break your bones but names will never hurt you” are LIES.  Calling someone a ‘name’ is never a positive thing; it’s a curse and not a blessing.  “Grievous words” will stir up anger.  REMEMBER, God is watching and our words that we speak and communicate on Facebook, are being recorded.

3 thoughts on “Christianity and Social Networking

  1. Looking back at the expression “You are what you eat” and the more truthful saying “You are what you SPEAK.” This is what first came to mind as I began reading the post – but more – you are what you read — or GIGO -garbage in garbage out – an old computer term. My own children, who’ve been raised to not use curse words, never really heard fluent cursing (unless dad was fixing a car or something – and not often). Anyway – during a tennis game in which he missed a crucial point, my son let a word slip out under his breath. I asked him later about it and he replied – “mom have you walked down the halls of school lately” I knew what he meant – it’s worse than any tv, movie or rap song out there. He had heard it enough – it embedded in his brain. He’s not one to swear either. Point being – it’s all around us and we need to guard our heart and mind. Language is one reason I’ve “defriended” some folks on Facebook. There is power if words beyond cursing – but about belittling and verbal abuse. I see so many children who are fed poisonous words ruining their self-worth and I try to give a steady diet of healthy life giving words while in my classroom room. You’d be amazed to see how some change over time, but I’m sad when some fall back into believing lies parents and others feed them again,. Anyway – that’s where I go with death and life in tongue. I was one who received bad diet as a child and I sometimes still struggle with that image the words shaped me into. Thanks for this great post too by the way!

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    1. Great testimony and I appreciate your words and encouragement.

      I too was exposed to curse words, more as an older teenager than a youngster. I was told by my parents when I graduated from High School and about to enter college, “It’s time for you to pay rent and other personal expenses.” The “gravy train” was over. So I got a job at a local grocery store and after 2 yrs, was placed on the “NIGHT CREW”; working the “graveyard shift.” From that point on, I was surrounded, exposed to every form of immorality there was. Foul language or a reduced vocabulary, became a part of who I was. Sad now, but true.

      At the age of 30, I became a child of the King! In fact, a friend of mine who worked on the aforementioned “night crew” once said, while driving down the freeway, “That car that cut you off in traffic, I was surprised by your reaction.” “How so?” I replied. “Because you normally would have yelled, screamed at, and cursed the guy out. Why the change?” There was an opportunity is I ever heard one. Thank you JESUS. We are, what we say!

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