Here recently I have seen a few instances on social media where fellow Christians use their sites to bash other Christians. How sad! Just a few thoughts on this…
First off the posts really didn’t lessen my faith in the victim of the bashing (as was likely intended), but instead it lessened my faith in the actual one(s) that posted it, and their witness. Call me judgmental, but I’m just being transparent with you. I’m not a perfect person and fail at living in a Christ-like way EVERY day. I love the Lord, and I believe His grace is enough to cover ALL sin. So if I as a believer, and as one mindful of the fact that bearing the name “Christian” does not equate to perfection, still find myself questioning their walk, imagine what that does to others who may be on the fence about Christianity or worse, want nothing at all to do with it!
And just for clarity’s sake, what you are NOT hearing me say is that I am against us correcting one another or calling sin, sin. You are NOT hearing me say that I think we should be silent about things that are blatantly against God’s Word. I AM saying that we need to weigh our words ever so carefully, and sift them through the motives of our hearts. (Notice the “we” – I’m not leaving myself out of any of this!). What is your motive? What good will it bring? Will it lift others up? Will it bring them down? Is it of eternal value? Is it damaging my ability to share Christ? These are great questions to ask yourself before you have any big statement to make or a response to anything. And just a side note: posting things in anger, is typically the worst idea…coming from the girl that works on her short temper every day!!
Another thing, with all of the events going on in this world including the outright perverseness showing in the name of “equal rights” and the garbage that comes across in our media every day, Christians are being persecuted and scrutinized more and more. So knowing that the brothers and sisters you have in Christ are being stifled at every turn, why would you try and stifle them yourself? Why would you place an image in another’s mind that says “they are no good,” “their walk is fake,” or anything of the like? There is no need for you to openly bash other believers because friends, the world does enough of that! If you don’t think so, then go back and watch the Grammys. They made a mockery of the Lord and what He has said is right and wrong.
So the next time you go to use one of the largest social media platforms to air out your thoughts and feelings, or even within personal contacts in daily life through texts, calls, or one-on-one interactions…. T-H-I-N-K before you speak!
T – is it True?
H – is it Helpful?
I – is it Inspiring?
N – is it Necessary?
K – is it Kind?
Sift your thoughts through the MOTIVE of your heart. Use your words carefully, because once they’re said they can’t be taken back! Let’s encourage our brothers and sisters in Christ – after all, you have to spend an eternity with them! :)
“There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword,
But the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Proverbs 12:18
“5So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! 6And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell. 7For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race.8But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. 9With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; 10from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.11Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water? 12Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Nor can salt water produce fresh.” James 3:5-12
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8