Monday, March 4, 2013

Jesus's Online Presence

This past week I was involved in two rather heated discussions with strangers on Facebook. In the first instance, several people were putting down conservative Christians, and I became defensive. At the end of the discussion, one of the people who had been slamming Christians messaged me with a heartfelt apology.
A few days later, I responded to what I considered a libelous remark about someone else, made by a man who later identified himself as a Christian. That discussion ended with the man who had made the remark calling me an idiot and making a declaration of war.
Does anyone else see that something is wrong with this picture?

We as Christians are Christ’s representatives on earth (2 Corinthians 2:15, 5:20). Others’ beliefs about Jesus are based largely on their opinions of us. We are not to be ashamed to identify ourselves as believers (Mark 8:38), but we should be ashamed for representing Him so poorly.
Based on my social media interactions this week, which man seems to know how life should be lived – the self-identified Christian, who became hostile and insulting when called on his wrongdoing, or the presumed non-Christian, who humbly admitted when he was wrong and initiated peacemaking efforts? I’m sorry to say, it’s not one who claims to share my beliefs.

Fellow Christians, please remember when you are online (and when you are not) that your words and actions reflect not only on you but on our Lord, as well. We are Christ’s online presence as much as we are His hands and feet in our communities. What we say online matters, but often, how we say it matters even more.