Conflict is inevitable.
In our homes, with our friends.
And especially in churches with our Christian brothers and sisters.
There are ways that social media can hurt or help us inform others and resolve conflicts, too.
Here are 7 tips for building the Kingdom of Heaven in your church while using social media:
- Your goals is to love God and make Him known the world.
The chief end of man is to glorify God, after all.
Not to share your politics or opinions.
Not to make jokes, especially at others’ expense.
Social media in and for the church is not about you or me. It’s about informing more people to hear the Gospel and believe on Jesus Christ.
- Double-check your facts and the integrity of what you share.
Don’t allow false emails to fool you into sending out more false information about others.
If you are not sure that the information is true or false, check out TruthorFiction.com.
- For whoever is reading your posts or emails …
Love them with the same love of our Lord Jesus Christ.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35)
- Whoever holds opposing views to yours is not irredeemable
There is no great arrogance than to believe that your views are absolutely correct compared to others, especially when having no interest in listening to other points of view.
- Refrain from posting or sending something until you have all the facts.
Watch what you say, and ensure that what you say will bless and give grace to those hearing:
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” (Ephesians 4:29-30)
Remember also that our tongues (and fingertips) can be small, but still cause great damage:
No human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue, we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. (James 3: 8-10)
- Don’t just complain and oppose—articulate facts and reasons for your solution
There is no point in complain on end about people or problems. Why not spend more time figuring out the sources of the conflict and presenting solutions to them?
“Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.” (2 Timothy 2:23)
- Don’t be afraid to tell the truth.
We are not called to be politically correct, but morally righteous.
Christians by their very existence are counter-cultural:
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6:10-17)
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