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What Would Jesus Post?

By July 26, 2022No Comments

“Jesus knew their thoughts and replied, “Any kingdom divided by civil war is doomed. A town or family splintered by feuding will fall apart.” 

-Jesus Christ (Matthew 12:25)

Social media can be a toxic place. People draw virtual battle lines and fire shots at the opposition with little thought as to how their words land. Much of what I see all too often on these communal platforms is lacking Jesus Christ’s central theme; LOVE. Each side picks soundbites – elements of truth – and strings them together to tell the story they want told, not the story that is; bits of the truth, but not all the truth. Just enough fuel to keep the fire of hatred burning, while Christians stand on each side of the flames stoking the inferno with words Jesus would never use, while onlooking non-believer’s reasons for not joining us are reinforced.

We sure do enjoy our labels; Democrat, Republican, LBGTQ+, straight, Tiger, Gamecock, liberal, conservative, libertarian, pragmatist, etc. I grew up Southern Baptist. Sometimes I think we were more southern than Baptist, and more Baptist than Christian. Often the groups we identify with seem to be our primary identity, rather than our true identity – followers of Christ. We talk about how we put God first, yet our Facebook posts seem to indicate otherwise.

I’m not suggesting that Democrats and Republicans (or whatever label you may bear) sit down. I’m suggesting Christians stand up. Standing up sometimes means backing down to a posture that allows us to speak the truth in love (Eph 4:15), setting aside our outer labels in favor of our true identity (2 Cor 5:17; Gal 2:20). In Ephesians 4, Paul encourages his readers to strive for unity in the faith and in the knowledge of Christ as we move toward maturity. We achieve this maturity by being humble, gentle, patient, bearing with each other in love, and keeping the unity of the Spirit through living at peace with each other.

God has called us, His church, to be faithful; to demonstrate the Christian values of faith, hope, and love. We are Christians first before we are anything else. Our identity is in Christ, first and foremost.

Just before Jesus was arrested, tried, and murdered, He prayed: “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me (John 17:20-21).”

Jesus’ prayer indicates that others will come to know or not know Him through my message; my words and my deeds. What message am I proclaiming? What do others hear from my life?

Jesus also expresses in His prayer that when Christians are united with each other through His mission and message, the world will know the truth that God sent His Son. When the world sees us united in the Spirit, despite our differences, then the world believes. Am I demonstrating the unity in the Spirit with fellow Christ followers that points non-believers to the truth, even those who may not share my political views? Could I possibly be alienating the world through my words and actions? I mean well, but how do others hear the words that come out of my mouth?

I’m in a Bible study every week with a man whose politics are at odds with mine, yet we are united by the bond of Christ. We are friends because we share a common faith, one that places at its center the death, burial, and resurrection of God’s Son as remission for our sins. Our skin color is different, but our hearts are aligned because our identity is in Jesus Christ.

The Bible tells us, “We are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. (2 Cor 5:20a).” If this is the case, this means we are His ambassadors on social media. Our mandate is to do as Christ would do. Perhaps the question we should be asking is, “What would Jesus post if He was on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter?” I can’t speak for Jesus, but I have an idea that it would be something about loving each other. What if we posted the same?

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