3 Things Christians Should Stop Doing On Social Media

3 Things Christians Should Stop Doing On Social Media

1. Publicly & Judgmentally calling people out on their sins or mistakes.

It’s not your place to call other people out on their sins or mistakes, especially in public. Don’t single them out for pure enjoyment. Christians already have a bad reputation in the land of judgment, and the last thing we need is someone rebuking people via Twitter or Facebook. If you’re doing this, please find the “deactivate” button and click it repeatedly.

If you really think it’s that important, call them on the phone, or at least send them a private message. Do us all a favor and stop your social judgment. There is no need to publicly shame someone for something you’re probably doing yourself.

2. Trying to explain theological doctrine in 140 characters or less.

Theology is a subject that was never meant to be paraphrased, half-hearted, or partially explained. Take the time to write a blog post or even make a podcast. Don’t try and manipulate Biblical doctrine to fit in the form of 140 characters or less. God’s word deserves to be drawn out, elaborated, and explained in a plethora of words. Nuggets of partial truth will never be more fulfilling than a plate filled with the whole meal.

3. Getting into arguments on Facebook or Twitter.

Nobody wants to see your drama show up on their news feeds. I mean, I’m sure they’re just waiting to sit back and watch your social boxing match. Maturity plays a big role in using social media. So if you claim to be a Christian, then please keep your drama, arguments, and bickering to yourself. The last thing someone wants to see a Christian do is argue behind the safety of a computer screen. It’s not worth your time, nor does anyone else want to see it. 

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  • jose June 22, 2014 at 5:18 AM

    People, can you imagine a atheist dropping by and reading about this discussion? Do we sound united? Will he or she see the Body of Christ speaking as one anywhere in these conflict? How can we make things differently? How can we be light out here on the internet?

  • Ez June 21, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    The comments on this post are a brilliant example of how Christians embarrass themselves in public.

  • Marge June 21, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Some people have heard sermons by ministers who keep saying we must not be “religious”…This term is understood completely differently by non believers. They see the term as expressing your faith.
    Now they are confused and when a person declares they are “not religious” the non-believers immediately think someone has renounced their faith. Do we want others to think this of us? I believe this is not fruitful in our quest to bring others to the wonderful world of God’s love. Please pass this on.

  • Nathan Sampson Bernhardt June 21, 2014 at 6:39 AM

    As a Christian, we are to speak the truth in love. There are two kinds of judgment: if I were to make an assessment of character with a self- righteous attitude- that would be wrong. I cannot see someone’s motive perfectly. If, however, someone states something directly contrary to Scripture (i.e.- Jesus is not the only way, any lifestyle is acceptable to God, the Bible is false, follow your heart, etc), we are to “…judge with righteous judgment”, condemn deeds of darkness rather than condone…). It is not popular to quote-”It is appointed for man to die once, the the judgment”- however, remember what happened to Jesus, eleven of the twelve disciples, and many who professed their faith in love-they were hated. We need to love but never to compromise.

  • Martin Kuo May 7, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    Amen! Too much haters on facebook. god loves us and thats all we need to know. Everyone with their bible and god talk can just keep it to themselves. I live my life the way I want when I want ain’t nobody can judge. Na I mean~?

  • Spiritof Elijah May 4, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    TO GOD BE THE GLORY! JESUS THE CHRIST IS GOD COME IN THE FLESH.

  • martyn Leech May 4, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Its all about relationship with Christ, to judge is to make a decision, therefore we are to make a decision on if our brother is in sin we are to take it to them in love if they are offending us then we are to take it to them and the only real use for FB and twitter are to evangelise and promote church not to be subdued about the gospel but to bring it to all nation and people that includes answering questions asked by followers of other belief systems. Jesus used His judgment on His battles knowing when to say something is what shows your maturity in Christ and the words will just come if baptised in the Holy Spirit. Also we all have different revalations from each scripture so will have different opinions and disagreements. We do not have a Spirit of timidity.

  • Steve March 12, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    @ Webmaster: Please delete my previous post as this post is much clearer. Thank you.

    Point 1: “Publicly & Judgmentally calling people out on their sins or mistakes.”
    His Argument: “Christians already have a bad reputation in the land of judgment, and the last thing we need is someone rebuking people via Twitter or Facebook”

    Point 2: “Trying to explain theological doctrine in 140 characters or less.”
    His Argument: “God’s word deserves to be drawn out, elaborated, and explained in a plethora of words.”

    Point 3: “Getting into arguments on Facebook or Twitter.”
    His argument: “Maturity plays a big role in using social media…The last thing someone wants to see a Christian do is argue behind the safety of a computer screen.”

    My Point?: Where’s the Bible? Sounds like someone is whining and bickering to me.

    Point 1 response: So because there was an era of legalism, we now have to swing the pendulum the other direction and shut our mouths? But didn’t Jesus die for opening his mouth and calling people sinners, especially those who claim to be God’s people? they just didn’t like it and killed him? What about Isaiah and Jeremiah, who told the people of God to repent? One got sawn in half and the other left to rot in jail. Hmm.

    Point 2 response: Perhaps that is why so many people fall asleep in church. Seriously, if you can say it with clarity and brevity then why not? Paul did. Gal. 5:14 says, For the whole law can be summed up in a single commandment, namely, “You must love your neighbor as yourself.” 39 characters if you are counting. And the Law is a big theological debate today and has been for centuries.
    Notice he tries to make you feel guilty that you have to be wordy in order to convey biblical doctrine. Another fallacy that plays on the emotions falsely.

    Point 3 response: I imagine that most of these Christians would do it face to face. However, if he is implying people like a couple blowing up on their significant other and embarrassing them, that is one thing. He is right. But going with the context of his blog, it seems to me that he is blasting Christians for arguing Bible stuff over FB and Twitter. And it depends on what he means by arguing. So the whole, “if you don’t agree with me then you must not be mature” notion he projects is based off of something abstract and tries to give the believer a sense of guilt unnecessarily again. That is twice now with no Scripture to support his statements. He did not give an example so you really can’t make a conclusion if you agree with him or not. Therefore, when there is a grey area, Christians have liberty until a principle is drawn out of the Bible that speaks against it.

    Conclusion: Notice all mine are backed with Scripture. The first point would be various passages throughout the gospels of course. But as another post pointed out, by telling us not to do a, b, & c, he just broke his own rule #1 and needs to deactivate himself repeatedly. Take heed to thine own words.

    • Legacy of a Single Girl June 19, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      Steve, perhaps you are one of the ones that should “deactivate”. Thou preaches too much.

    • Sandy June 20, 2014 at 9:40 AM

      Exactly Steve!!! Thanks for your reply, saves me the trouble and you did it so much better than I could have.

  • Steve March 12, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    I will agree with point three to an extent, but I cannot accept the first two. If someone promotes a sinful act that happens to be on Facebook, why can’t it be Christian to respond. The Bible says to speak the truth in love. It didn’t confine it except in Matt. 18 where someone was personally sinned against. So the whole doing it one on one is not applicable here. If someone promotes abortion, they didn’t sin against me. but their thinking leads to sin and supports murder. So if it is another believer we are not to express the truth in love?
    What gets me is that this is all qualified by, “If you don’t listen to these three principles, then you are immature.” and it is a fallacy that Christians need to recognize. What I would like to know is where he draws his theology to come to these conclusions?
    Also, why is it wrong to try to explain theological issues simply. Brevity and clarity are the first two rules of preaching.
    And finally, as another post pointed out, by telling us not to do x, y, & z, he just broke rule #1 and needs to deactivate repeatedly. :)

    • edwahzj March 17, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      Yes and Amen

  • Matt March 11, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    This article makes very vague generalities and assumptions about the hearts of people and is judgmental in itself.

    1) It may be right to publicly call someone out for a public sin. It’s not the usual way, but it’s possible. That doesn’t mean that someone has a “judgmental” attitude, but is loving that person toward Christ and into Christlikeness. Sometimes loving someone means confronting them.

    2) Nothing wrong with explaining theological terms in simple terms. The Bible is full of doctrine. Greater doctrine, deeper theology equals greater worship.Pssst – doctrine is not a dirty word (in my quiet voice).

    3) There is a difference between an argument and a debate. Arguments…I agree – those are left for private. Healthy, respectful debates – no problems.

    • edwahzj March 17, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      Yes and Amen

  • Larry dash March 11, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Matthew 28:19 says therefore go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel, the social media site is a great place to share Gods word and encourage people. Every person that does not have a relationship with the father probably won’t attend church. So I believe that the social media can be used for sharing the word of God.

    • Kendra March 12, 2014 at 4:07 AM

      You are completely missing the point .. It is one thing to express your feelings about god and your faith (there’s nothing wrong with that) but it is another for judging and condemning others for walking down a different path than the Christian path .. It is not our place as people to judge those that choose a different lifestyle that is gods place to do so .. Jesus said himself to the disciples “those who judge are heathens, and those who brag about their religion are hypocrites” No where does he say hey go talk crap about people for thinking differently than us .. Using social media to express your faith is great but that is all .. It’s Christians job to promote the word of god it is not Christians job to play god by judging and condemning then turning around and bragging how awesome of a Christian you are .. I’m not saying you do that all I’m saying is that’s what he is meaning in the article because I’ve seen it done myself people abusing their Christianity and making the ones who are actually living the right way look bad.

    • edwahzj March 17, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      A true ambassador for Christ will do what the Spirit of truth is doing; Convincing the world of sin and of righteousness and of judgement” Confirmed here >Jn 16:13 “He that is spiritual judges ALL THINGS, yet he himself is judged of no man” confirmed here > 1Co.1:15-16, 2Co.5:20-21

  • Michelle March 11, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Ummmm how so? He’s trying to get us to open our eyes!! The things he talks about are in the bible!! Maybe you just don’t want to listen and that’s fine but when you condem a Christ follower for sharing what God put on his heart who is the one being self righteous?

    • edwahzj March 17, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      You can always pick out the sooth soothsayers and intellectuals and self conceited, hmm
      Hey Jarrid, edwah here; The Spirit of truth is the BOSS and not any man; in case one didn’t know the LORDSHIP OF CHRIST means LET GO AND LET CHRIST AND HIS MINISTERS are supposed to REPROVE THE WORKS OF DARKNESS; OTHERWISE be silent and open your ears and LISTEN in submission to the LORDSHIP OF CHRIST > 2Co.3:3-6 okay, beloved

  • Elly McMashehu March 11, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Hmmm, interesting :)

    I think that FB etc. is a great place to share the Gospel, so I think those points would necessarily be violated with the carrying out of the Great Commission with this relatively new and useful tool we have of social media. Those who hate the Gospel would feel “judged” and that we’re being argumentative, and being limited by FB post sizes is part of the deal. I think we can take away from this article something – that when we do post on FB or other social media, that we should do as the Bible says and “judge with righteous judgment” according to God’s Word, and not be a big ol’ meanie :) I’ve seen the mean side and have been greatly discouraged by it myself, but I also know that my unsaved friends & family would say that me pointing to Christ as the mighty Savior of sinners is “mean”. I also remember some of the maturing that has taken place over the years (social media or not), so I think being cautious over how we’re posting and considering our motive is good advice. But I don’t know if these three rules would virtually gut the ability to actually share the Gospel (the most important thing, right?) through social media.

    Secondary to the Gospel but certainly related is the sin of abortion (would pointing that out not be allowed according to these rules?). It seems that considering the sidelining as-of-little-importance of the baby holocaust that our nation is going through, social media presents a good opportunity to awaken the consciences of Christians to consider our role in exposing the unfruitful deeds being done in darkness (Eph. 5:11) and pointing those who have committed this sin to Jesus Christ.

    Considering the Great Commission and our responsibility in loving our neighbors as ourselves (including regarding their eternal souls and the well-being of our pre-born neighbors), we should continue sharing the truth *in love* to bring glory to Jesus Christ. Even if the world thinks it’s judgmental, because~
    2 Corinthians 2:14-16 “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. “

    • Billy Martin March 12, 2014 at 9:09 PM

      So true . I believe that in todays faceless society of voicemail , text , and email, that people have lost a important connection in their lives. That being the real meaning of a true life with a purpose.. Hopefully they will figure it out . God bless us. Telp the planet !

      Hope they catch what they are looking for while Phishing !

  • Joseph March 11, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    This article is being judgemental of problem who are judgemental.

  • Barbara Brodowsky March 10, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Please ladies, do not post about all of Gods blessings in your life, your bible readings and favorite verses and then do sexy selfies and half naked workout pictures. It’s not helping.

    • Ale March 11, 2014 at 9:27 AM

      I could not agree with you more. That creates false images about what a real Christ follower is. So sad :(

  • Cindy March 7, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    It’s one thing to stand for truth. It’s another thing entirely to be personal about judgment. Social media should never be a place where we publicly shame people. That closes the door on your chances to restore them to the faith. The Bible says where a brother is very clear about about Jesus said, “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.” Matthew 18:15-17. No where do I see that someone should be outed for their offense to the world.

    Be sensitive to those you wish to win for the Lord. Be gentle.

    • edwahzj March 17, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      A true ambassador for Christ reproves the works of darkness; and if the ego of the one being reproved shall acknowledge the truth Perhaps God will give them repentance. Furthermore Paul be the Spirit says to the believers of Corinth that they were to be ashamed for allowing the individual who had his fathers wife to himself and said nothing 1Co.5. Moreover it doesn’t matter what your FEELINGS dictate, OBEY THE LORD WHOSE Spirit is gone out into the world convincing of Sin and of Righteousness and of Judgement. The love of the LORD is grounded in TRUTH whose love is also not of unsanctioned affection and natural human love; neither does God accept the persons you may accept. Don’t be deceived with good intentions BY BE OBEDIENT TO THE FAITH, FOLLOWING THE LEAD OF THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH, Jn.16:9-11

    • R March 25, 2014 at 2:30 AM

      The Issue isn’t about never confronting (or saying nothing to) the offending person but about when, where and how Christians should confront others. Can you people properly read? The author even said if it’s that important to just call them or send them a PM. Even the Bible tells us (as already quoted by Cindy) to first confront your brother just between the two of you, before taking a couple of witnesses with you, before telling it to the church (note: not a synonym for Facebook or Twitter).

      What I don’t get is why people here are so impassioned about proving to everyone that confronting someone privately or at the very least, not someplace as public as social media is always wrong (and even most social media has a PM system). “Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted” (Galatians 6:1). So tell me what’s gentle about publicly announcing someone else’s sins on public social media? One of the most passionate critics here – Edwahzj said it himself; it doesn’t matter what your feelings dictate, obey the Lord… Expressing your beliefs is one thing, broadcasting nasty things about someone else is another, talk about missing the point. No one is stopping anyone here from taking their beliefs into social media, but we shouldn’t use it as a tool to air other people’s dirty laundry in the guise of righteousness.

      My guess is that some Christians (I’m using the term loosely) here are either trying to justify using social media as a weapon to destroy someone, or are lacking in the reading comprehension department. Please people learn to properly read words and its context before claiming to have “righteous judgement”…

    • R March 25, 2014 at 2:40 AM

      Also I’m not saying people should never be publicly outed under all circumstances, in some cases should be done. But we should be careful about it…

  • Vince March 6, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    “It’s not your place to call other people out on their sins or mistakes” – no, I think it is. Tough love lasts longer. I agree, in front a large crowd or on Facebook isn’t best way. But Jesus called people out all the time. He wasn’t mean or a jerk about it, but he still did.

    In terms of doctrine, I’ve called people out before on their ridiculous theology, and backed them into a corner in which they had no place to go. I’m glad when it’s in front of everybody – that way everyone can see how ridiculous it is. When I see certain posts over and over again, there’s going to come a time when I just have to say something. I stand for truth – it sets people free and I’m glad to preach it.

    • Lauren March 11, 2014 at 10:34 AM

      Don’t be surprised when you don’t make a difference then. You have more of a need to be right than compassionate and that speaks a lot for pride issues.

    • Norms March 28, 2014 at 7:49 AM

      Talk about a serious case of self-righteousness.

    • Norms March 28, 2014 at 7:50 AM

      Lauren got it right, bro.

    • Shawn Cancelli June 21, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      I think that is part of the problem…”But Jesus called people out all the time”. Your not Jesus…you stand for truth, you say. It looks as though you are a bully and enjoy being one.

  • nansommer March 4, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    I think that using the internet should be done with caution, especially when posting messages about God. if I were to post something about God, it would be about salvation. After all, what is the use of all heartwarming messages when the plan of salvation is not even shared? Technology may not be the best medium, but since we live in its generation, let’s take advantage of its capacity to be universally viewed by most people.

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