Agencies and authorities in our nation, such as FBI, CIA, and DEA, exist to protect people and keep order. When it comes to social media, way too many people get offended, angry, and become bitter. The “SMI” is intended to protect oneself from purposefully or non-purposefully becoming the bully and offender on social media.
- Is what I’m going to say God honoring and God representing? If it is against God, God’s Word, or God’s principles, then don’t say it. Can you say what you’re about to say in God’s name?
Colossians 3:17 — And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
1 Corinthians 10:31 — Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
- Is what I’m going to say hurtful or helpful to others? Are you speaking out of emotion, aggravation, reaction, frustration, or jealousy? Do you have a hidden agenda? Is it going to edify or destroy others?
1 Corinthians 10:23 — All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.
1 Corinthians 8:9 — But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.
- What’s the tone? Since people can’t see your face, be careful how you use your words (all caps, exclamation points, and question marks might appear sarcastic to others reading it). Re-read before you send it out.
- Does it really need to be said by you? Maybe a person was wrong (Biblically, ethically, or factually), but do you have to be the person to point it out or can you let someone else? You don’t have to worry about judging or correcting someone, there are lots of people who enjoy being the judge… so let them do it instead.
1 Corinthians 6:7 — Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?
Galatians 5:15 — But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
Social media is a useful tool to promote, stay in contact, and follow the activity of friends, but social media also can be the downfall if not careful. Decide you won’t allow the devil to use your social media platform as one of his tools. As Christians, specifically as Christian leaders, we should strive to be above reproach, exemplary, and Christlike in all we do.
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