Does Jesus Agree with Your Social Media Comments?

If you and I had to stand before Jesus and defend our social media comments and opinions would He agree Approve I wonder...

I’m struggling a little this Christmas

This time of peace, joy and celebration.

Why?

Because I’m craving peace, joy, and celebration.

I’ve had to turn off the television and turn up my Michael W. Smith Holiday Channel on Pandora Radio. I can’t pick up anything having to do with the news. And social media is a challenge too.

It feels like everywhere I look words are ruining relationships – in families, neighborhoods, countries . . . the world. And yes, even in churches.

I’ve always believed it’s okay to disagree as long as we’re not disagreeable. But now, just disagreeing is considered disagreeable.

True there are some big frightening issues in our world. Issues that must send us to our knees.

Wait . . . maybe the other things should be sending us to our knees too. Praying more and talking less.

This is the deal…

I just finished reading through the Bible for the tenth year in a row. I don’t tell you that to brag. Quite the contrary. I tell you that because even with daily study I have more questions than answers. I don’t know the solutions for the world’s political or social problems. I’m guessing you don’t either.

Oh, like you, I have opinions. But I’m not sure if I had to stand before Jesus and defend them I’m certain He’d agree with me. Are you?

There are several things I am confident of. Things I know are important to Him, because well, that’s what He said.

These things are important…

  1. Love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength. Matthew 22:37 and Mark 12:30
  2. Love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:39 and Mark 12:31 (Romans 13:8 and Galatians 5:14)

So, this is the deal…

I know there will be differences and divisions between people of different faiths and backgrounds, but Jesus wants His followers to have unity. Perfect unity.

I am in them and You are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that You sent me and that You love them as much as You love me. John 17:23

Take a minute and read Ephesians 4. It begins like this:

I beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. Ephesians 4:1–3

Humble
Gentle
Patient
Forgiving
Loving
Bound Together with Peace

Wow, that sounds like Christmas. The season of peace, joy, and brotherly love.

If. you and I had to stand before Jesus and defend our social media comments and opinions would He agree Approve I wonder...

Maybe we need to stop arguing to change someone’s views and start praying that God will change all our views and opinions to align with His.

I’m done being concerned whether people agree with me on social media. I’m not going to enter political debates. I’m not even going to argue my faith.

I am going to share what the Lord has and is doing in my life. I’m going to continue to proclaim how He took a fear-filled girl and gave her courage and hope. I’m going to tell you how He still works miracles.

And I’m going to pray that He opens hearts and minds, and unites His children.

Meanwhile, I’ve turned off the television. I’m flying fast past Facebook humbugs. I’m avoiding the news and everything that has anything to do with politics and…

I’m running to Jesus, the One born to heal and redeem His children. The One who makes love victorious over hate and unity possible. I’m turning up the music and worshipping the One who gives me peace and joy. The reason for our celebration.

May you be blessed by His amazing grace and love this Christmas Season.

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13 comments

    • Deb Wolf says:

      Thank you, Isabelle. It’s not easy for those of us raised on it. We’re just not used to quiet. I’m adding lots of Christmas music to satisfy my need for sound. Trying to work through that next. God’s blessings to you!

  1. Bill Grandi says:

    I’m thrilled with not being on social media. I had someone yesterday suggest Pinterest and then watched them spend a lot of time scrolling. Yeah, not for me. Except for commenting on blogs, I don’t have to worry too much about what I say. 🙂
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    • Deb Wolf says:

      Good call Bill! Sometimes I have to simply challenge myself and step back before I throw my laptop out the window. 🙂 And as far as your comments – good encouragement there always! Thank you!!

  2. Michele Morin says:

    Just coming back from reading Ephesians 4. What timely advice. Brings to mind words from one of the Corinthians (I think) that say we should make it our ambition to lead a quiet life, to work with our hands and to mind our own business. So much of what Paul had to say was down to earth, daily living kind of advice for practical righteousness. Thanks for your words that will help us to keep the crazy to a minimum during this wonderful season of love and light!
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    • Deb Wolf says:

      Great reminder Michele! Quiet work that minds its own business. That’s a goal worth working toward. Focusing on spending time in His presence celebrating now and in the days ahead. Blessings!

  3. marthajaneorlando says:

    Like you, Deb, I scroll through the “downer” stuff on Facebook as fast as I can, and since we don’t get cable television anymore, that’s no longer a temptation.
    Christmas is definitely the time to tune out the negative and tune into the positive and loving message of Jesus coming to dwell among us.
    Blessings!

    • Deb Wolf says:

      My prayer Martha is to carry this new routine into the New Year. I’m starting a “Faith Project” in January. I’ll be explaining it the week after Christmas. But I’m so excited to see the adventure the Lord has planned for 2016. Blessings to you my friend!

  4. Holly says:

    I completely agree Deb! The Lord spoke to me one day and said, “My Son knew it all, but was not a know it all, big difference.” It humbled me to my core. I try to pray and think before I post or add comments. And I’m also trying to stay away from things that are going to add anything to my spirit He doesn’t want there. Great post! 🙂 Visiting from #raralinkup today.

    Holly

    • Deb Wolf says:

      Holly, I want to remember that . . . I may even use it if you don’t mind. “My Son knew it all, but was not a know it all, big difference.” Wow! That puts all of my “opinions” in perspective. Thanks so much for visiting and stopping to say hello. Blessings to you!

  5. Pam Blosser says:

    I’m joining you via #RaRaLinkup. Love your insight here. I must agree social media, and much of all the media thrown at us these days, is a huge distraction at the least. So glad Jesus is our great defender. Sometimes I just sit back and tell Him to handle it!

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