I’ve received a lot of messages over the last couple of weeks asking me if I plan to leave Facebook and set up camp on another social media platform.
Yes, a lot has happened in the last few weeks. Big tech and leading social media platforms have flexed their powerful muscles. And no, my biblical values don’t agree with many of their policies, stands, and actions.
But, that shouldn’t surprise us. The world and its ways have always been in conflict with God and His unchanging standards. Lost people will act like lost people. It reflects their desperate need for Jesus.
Which is exactly why God sends us, His people, out into the world. It is filled with lost people in need of a Savior. They need to hear the life-giving message of Jesus.
People who need to hear the life-changing message of the Gospel gather on Facebook – and other social media platforms. Jesus commissioned us to take the Good News to the world and the world is on Facebook. In some ways Facebook is a dark place. But without voices to share the Light of the world, it would be even darker.
What Did Jesus Say?
- He told us to go out into the world, but not to be like it (John 17:15-19).
- He told us to take the Good News of His salvation to every corner of the earth (Matthew 28:19-20).
- He told us to be the salt of preservation in a corrupt world and a light that dispels the darkness of a dying humanity (Matthew 5:13-16).
For more information on the Scriptural foundation see “Should Christians Judge the World?”
God wants us to change the world, but not be changed by the world. His call requires discipline, diligence, and constant dependence on the Holy Spirit. And I certainly don’t always get it right, but I’m trying to follow God in this. (You may also want to see “Should Christians Boycott?”)
Social Media Ministry
The concept of social media is neither good or bad. It is neutral. It all depends on how it’s used. Yes, it can be misused in many ways. But God can also use it for His purposes.
I have an ongoing ministry on Facebook. There are more than 1,500 women from all over the world in the private group “Reading the Bible Together.” I post daily Bible readings with commentary and questions for discussion. The group is very active and the members encourage and support one another. This ministry helps women stay in God’s Word, teaches them how to study, and challenges them to apply God’s truth to their lives. This vital ministry grows every day. God led me to start this ministry and has not called me away from it.
What spiritual principles do you see in Scripture that may apply to this topic? Would love to hear your thoughts.
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Kathy, thank you for writing this. I have also said the same thing. We can’t retreat from a “place” until the LORD says, “don’t go there” to be Light and salt. It is a place where people meet, so a fantastic mission field.
Thank you Kathy. You literally took those words you wrote right out of my head and heart. I had made a few posts a couple months back on my page addressing the fact that so many Christians were leaving FB to go to a Christian filled platform where they would no longer be censored. I spoke as to why I was staying. I used those examples of what Jesus has commanded us to do and I got so much backlash from fellow Christians. It broke my heart. I am so thankful for those of us who have chosen to remain in a place that so desperately needs Jesus.
Being Light requires us to go into the darkness for others…thank you Kathy for being light in darkness, encouraging and lighting the Way!
Thank you so much for putting this into words. This is why I’m staying on Facebook as well. Sharing this.
I’m with you, Sister-friend. That’s exactly why I’m staying. I haven’t checked into any alternatives to add to my FB “friends/audience,” because I don’t have time to learn a new system right now. I read my friend Debbie W. Wilson’s post today about shining in the darkness. She echoes what you and I are saying. We want to be light in the darkness of our culture even as we continue to minister to women of God. Thanks for “verbalizing” what I’m thinking.
Hey friend! Glad you’re staying!! I have been playing with MeWe but haven’t got it all figured out. And I’ve enjoyed the way Facebook is set up. Of course, I’m also used to it…
Excellent blog! I think you speak for many Christians. So much of who we patronage are not on the same page as us as far as Christians beliefs, values, ethics, morals, etc. if most of us stopped shopping at the majority of grocery stores, clothing stores, etc., we would be hungry! I guess we could ear at Chick-fil-A!
Exactly on the same page. Love you and what God flows through you. Keep writing!
Thank you for your kind words!
Excellent word. And it is timely for some many (including me) who are struggling with social media bias and vitriol. I am very careful not to get pulled into the fray. But it is wearing and stressful. Your spin is exactly what I needed to hear.
Hi Jeanne! So glad the thoughts were helpful!
Thank you ..soooo much for having me here on board ..I am excited to hear all you have to help us enjoy our God and Saviour …and we are looking for His coming..I am so excited or all of Gods faithful people and students of Yahshua who study His words of Truth…Amein
Thank you, Kathy, for sharing God’s truth. I just recently began receiving your blog…thank you so much for encouraging believers to persevere!
So glad you found the site!! I hope you will be encouraged!