Proverbs 8:1–7 (ESV)
Does not wisdom call?
Does not understanding raise her voice?
On the heights beside the way,
at the crossroads she takes her stand;
beside the gates in front of the town,
at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud:
“To you, O men, I call,
and my cry is to the children of man.
O simple ones, learn prudence;
O fools, learn sense.
Hear, for I will speak noble things,
and from my lips will come what is right,
for my mouth will utter truth;
wickedness is an abomination to my lips.”
I believe the above passage from Proverbs 8 tells us both why we should be on Facebook/social media AND how we can use it to proclaim the gospel. This is part of a speech that “Lady Wisdom” gives in Proverbs 8-9, and whereas I previously pointed out where Lady Wisdom gives this speech, now I want to draw our attention to what Lady Wisdom is saying.
She says that her speech will teach “prudence” to the simple and “sense” to fools. She will speak “noble things” that are “right” and her words will be words of “truth.” Not only will she speak these things, she will also avoid “wickedness” in what she says.
I’m guessing you can already see where I’m headed with this. How can we learn from Lady Wisdom in what we post on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Snapchat, etc, etc, etc? Harness the power of social media for ministry, not narcissism! I’m not saying you shouldn’t post pictures or personal updates, but think of Facebook as a tool you can use to encourage people, share the gospel, and shine a light of hope in a dark world. Here are a few suggestions:
- Post Scripture. A verse or two from your daily reading is great.
- When someone posts a struggle, instead of commenting, “Praying,” actually post a short prayer: Lord, please give my friend peace and be with him at this time.
- Share and Like when your friends post Scripture.
- Post great stories about how God has helped you and your friends.
- Post encouraging notes to people who are discouraged and/or struggling. Thought about you today! Thankful to have you as a friend.
- Never, never, never, never ever (did I mention never?) attack people, especially fellow Christians, via social media. I’ve seen relationships destroyed when people took an argument to Facebook. Plus, being negative about a brother or sister in Christ can cause unbelievers to question your faith.
- Don’t be arrogant! You know that Jesus is the hope of the world; someone else doesn’t know that, yet. Don’t be a religious know-it-all jerk.
- Think before you post. How is what you’re about to post, comment, or share going to make you look? How is it going to make your family look? How is it going to make your faith look? How is it going to make your church look? Is it going to hurt someone?
- Focus your posts on things that are pure, noble, hopeful, positive, and encouraging.
- Avoid posting, commenting, or Liking things that are full of trash, perversity, and things that proclaim a message contrary to the gospel.
Well, I don’t do this perfectly, but there are 10 guidelines I try to follow in my use of social media. What are some things you do to harness the power of Facebook for ministry?