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Christians can use Facebook as a powerful communication tool for the Gospel. Through this versatile social media venue, believers can spread the Good News and support the ministry of reconciliation in a number of ways: Evangelize, worship, study Scripture, pray, fellowship, fellowship, etc. On the other hand, Christians can entrap themselves into worldly behavior on Facebook that detracts from the Gospel message, I’m just saying, it’s easy to fall into the “I wish I hadn’t posted that” syndrome.

The new Facebook timeline is another opportunity for Christians to present their testimony of the Light. A timeline is a “linear representation of important events in the order in which they occurred” (Dictionary.com, 2012). However, does your timeline portray a linear representation as God’s chosen? – Not without exception, I ask myself this very question.

This is a good time to sift through the timeline and craft it to show Christ. I found these guidelines for Facebook posting from Ted Camp to be quite helpful. He gives some good advice for Christians:

“Twelve Christian Guidelines For FaceBook”

    1. Be Calm…You can later have regrets by posting something out of frustration.
    2. Be Careful… You can criticize people who will later be informed of your criticism.
    3. Be Cautious… You can embarrass yourself and others with certain pictures.
    4. Be Certain… Your parents, family and friends will also see and share your postings.
    5. Be Clear… Because your words can later be reprinted and misused.
    6. Be Comforting… Write to help others instead of consoling yourself.
    7. Be Compelled… To represent and present Christ.
    8. Be Complete… Partial language and words can easily be misunderstood.
    9. Be Content…FB is not the place to complain and gripe.
    10. Be Creative…Inspire others to think positive and be truthful.
    11. Be Christ-like…Be careful of worldly postings…
    12. Be Cunning…Use FB as a means to encourage and bless others.

Whether Facebook or other social media venues, Christians have access to a wealth of options for global impact of the salvation message like never before. It’s a gift to be used with discernment to further the mission of the Church.

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;” (1 Pet 2:9 KJV).

Jan Paron
January 9, 2012

References

Camp, T. (n.d.) Twelve Christian guidelines for Facebook. “Silent world ministries.” Retrieved on January 9, 2012, from https://silentwordministries.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=908:twelve-christian-guidelines-for-facebook&catid=57:from-dr-ted-camp&Itemid=86

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