What do people know about you?

From your Face Book page they probably know your approximate age, city of residence, marital status, hobbies and interests, but do they know the most important thing about you? Do they know that you’re a Christian? Do they know that you’re a disciple of Christ? More importantly, does what you post on social media reflect accurately your hope and peace in Jesus?

John 13:35 states, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Occasionally we sing a song in church that proclaims, “They will know we are Christians by our love.” We love that sentiment as we sit in church. I am not disputing the truth of these lyrics. Some Christians sincerely want to show and share the light they have received with others because they truly walk in the confidence, peace and love of the Lord.

Unfortunately, if you were to ask most of the unsaved world how they would describe Christians from what they post on Face Book and other social media sites, love is seldom a word that would come up. More often the word hypocritical is used.

That should not surprise anyone familiar with Face Book. Too often I have scrolled down a page of someone who professes to be a Christian who posts a serene picture with a Scripture verse superimposed over it. But then they post an inappropriate or vulgar image right below the first one. What message does that send to the unsaved world?

What is even more disturbing to me though is the negative language that is used in posts from Christians to other Christians that they happen to disagree with. I recently read a post from an unsaved person that read, “Christians are against more things than they are for. It just seems to me that Christians are mad at the world and mad at each other. They are so negative that they seem unhappy. I have no desire to be like them and stay upset all the time.”

Today’s Christians have an image problem that is not pleasing to God. We don’t always do a good job of loving others as we should. But if we intend to bring the gospel of Jesus to an unsaved world we first need to wash our minds with the God’s truth and walk in a way that reflects His love inside of us.

The Apostle John says, “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (1 John 4:7-8)

James chapter 3 reminds us that the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. He warns that the tongue is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body and is full of deadly poison. James goes on to say that out of the same mouth comes praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be!

To those who would say that I am being too judgmental I would remind you that Jesus said, “Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the Day of Judgment.” (Matt. 12:36)

Jesus also said, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:13-16)

We are to be salt and light to this dark and tasteless world. But if we hide our light—if the darkened world can see no difference between us and them, then what are we here for?

Then let us be lights that shine brightly not only with our actions and our deeds, but also with our words.

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