We’re a technology-dependent society. In fact, Americans spend 5.4 hours a day on their phones, and before you jump to conclusions, this isn’t just a “young person” issue. The truth is, this is an “all of us” issue.
While this dependence can become unhealthy, leading to different pitfalls, there are opportunities for us to use our mobile devices—particularly social media platforms—for good. The following are some ideas to get you started.
Think before you post.
In Philippians 4:8, Paul instructs his readers to think of things that are honorable, just, pure, lovely, and commendable. Perhaps we should post about these things as well. Rather than use social media to spread anger and frustration, it can be used to spread a message of love and hope.
Before you share, ask, Is this glorifying to God? Is this helping anyone? Is this honorable, just, pure, lovely, and commendable?
Social media is one of the most robust mediums in history, so consider using it to spread a message worth sharing. There are many people and organizations doing great, life-changing work. One way you can aid in this work is by using social media to advocate for justice. Sharing a status shouldn’t be the end, but it can be a part of it. If done right, it can help make a difference.
Find your identity in Christ.
Movements begin in individual hearts. Lives change when people change, and that’s why it matters where you find your identity. Self-worth based on social media is tethered to the approval of others. The world needs individuals whose identity is found in unending and steadfast love, in hope despite darkness, and in the glory of God. You are not how many likes you get. You are not how many followers you have. You are much more than that. When our value and dignity are rooted in Christ and his gospel, we can begin to better play our part in promoting justice and helping others.
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