Happy New Year’s Day!!
I haven’t sat down to map out resolutions yet. We’ve all been pretty sick around here (still are).
But one thing I felt inspired to do this year was to make a Social Media Resolution.
I will not:
* Use social media as a passive-aggressive tool to vent my anger
Who hasn’t done this? Let’s be honest. We’ve all posted that vague status that vented our anger while leaving the reader going, “Huh??” There is nothing more passive aggressive than sitting behind a screen posting angry statuses that say nothing and a lot all at the same time.
I will use social media to bless others
* Use social media to criticize or demean
Sadly, I see this a lot. Blanket posts that criticize collective groups of people in an effort to make a point. I’ve done it. I’ve done it as recent as last week. Well, in 2015 I resolve to not do this anymore. A criticism can always be reworded in a way that encourages and inspires – the same thing said in a positive way. Because its rare that someone is inspired to greatness by being told how rotten they are!
I will use social media to encourage and inspire
* Post vague statuses aimed at persons who remain unnamed
If I could name one pet peeve, this would be it. We’ve all seen it, most of us have done at least once. And most of us have deleted our post upon realizing how immature it was to post a vague status that called no one out, but was truly aimed at one person.
The ironic thing is that probably that person has already hidden you, so they didn’t see what you wrote anyway.
I choose to resolve all differences according to Matthew 18 – in person, in private
* Use random Bible verses as weapons
Another pet peeve. You know, the Bible wasn’t meant to be a weapon in which we find verses as bullets that we spray at will as a way to defend ourselves against those who have offended us. It is so easy to do this, but it is a misuse of Scripture at best, and is most certainly displeasing to God.
I will post Bible verses with a positive message that build up the body of Christ.
* Use random quotes as arsenal
You know, one thing that really saddens me is to see politicians’ faces on quotes that are used to make them look like fools – or even have words on them such as “fool”, “stupid”, “idiot” and so on. This is disrespectful, and we are called to respect our leaders – even when we disagree with them 99% of the time.
But even apart from these quotes, any time we use anothers’ words as arsenal to demean or criticize another, it is disrespectful to them and to us.
I will post quotes that inspire others to greatness
Social media in and of itself is not wrong. People don’t do wrong things because of social media. They do wrong because their hearts are filled with sin. Social media is simply a tool, and how it is used depends in which hands it lies.
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