I have been an active member of Facebook since 2011, and between that time and now, I have seen many different posts on my News Feed. Some are uplifting and/or funny, while others are sad and full of drama. I, myself do not update my Facebook page with frequent posts. I have recently added a lot of pictures of my daughter, “Little” Shirley, however, but that has even slowed down considerably. Anyways, I have noticed over the years that posts about God or the Bible do not get as many “Likes” as other posts. I have often wondered why this is the case? It would seem that anything written about our Creator would get many likes! Instead, however, Bible-based or God-based posts on Facebook have less traffic than secular, and sometimes, sinful posts!
For example, I have several friends on Facebook who post Bible verses on my News Feed each day. Other friends of mine include Bible verses in their posts which are about various subjects that are Biblically acceptable (such as family events, job related news, etc.). I always enjoy reading these and hit “like” whenever I see one. I feel like it is important to show others that you are paying attention to and appreciate them for upholding God’s Word in a very public setting. This not only shows the one posting that you approve and appreciate the message, but it also shows others who see the post that you are standing up for God. I have noticed over time that posts about God are commented on and “Liked” more often by non-members than actual members of the church. I will not say that this is the case with all Biblically-based posts, but many are treated this way. Why is this? It would seem like those who are members of the church should be the FIRST and most prevalent to promote the Bible and the first to encourage others who are trying to promote the Bible through Facebook.
I often see the most responses out of posts that talk about a trip someone has taken or some other secular activity. Pictures are usually involved in these posts as well, which makes them more noticeable. I understand a person wanting to share with others something fun that they did, as well as those who view these posts commenting favorably. However, everything in this life is temporary. Some of the “fun” things that are encouraged by others on Facebook are actually sinful! Such things include drinking, the unchaste handling of men and women through dancing, immodesty of any sort, and any other sinful act. When a person posts one of these things on Facebook, what message does he or she intend to give other Christians? Evidently, although most likely unintentional, that person wants to send a message to others which says “I am not a strong Christian.”Therefore, doesn’t it make sense to give more encouragement to those who are stronger than the average Facebook member, and who show this by upholding what God wants rather than what man wants?
Ephesians 4:29 says, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” This means that you should not only be sure that everything you do and say is Biblically correct on and off of Facebook, but you should also encourage and promote others who are trying to do the same thing both on and off of Facebook. Of course, everything you do and say should be Biblical off of Face book as well as on, but I’m focusing on what is actually on Facebook because the discrepancy between how many promote posts that are Bible based as compared to those that are not Bible based is pretty large. You should also encourage and promote others who are trying to do what God wants them to do at and away from the computer.
I am looking forward to, Lord Willing, reaching my Home with God, but I know I cannot do it alone. I know that I have to help others make it to Heaven too, and I feel that Facebook is just another tool to use in order to reach out to others about God. One of the tools I’m using on Facebook, of course, is posting my blog. I always appreciate and admire those strong Christian men and women who have been kind enough to encourage me in doing this blog! I do these blogs because I want to teach others about God in the only way I really know how to, and that is from my own perspective. I am not in competition with anyone, and I enjoy reading blogs done by other strong Christian women. I really admire those women who love God enough to take time out of their day to teach others about Him in Ladies’ Bible classes as well as out of these classes If you encourage others, you end up being encouraged yourself! 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.” To edify means to encourage, and we often get encouragement from our close family and friends. Who, then, can be closer to us than God’s family? Therefore, as members of God’s family, we should encourage each other to continue to learn and to teach others about God’s Will. Taking a moment out of your day to think of someone else instead of what you have going, is very rewarding and is what being a Christian woman is all about!