Social media has become ingrained into our culture over the past decade. Pew Research Center states that about 68% of U.S. adults are regular Facebook users, and 71% of adults 18 to 24-years-old use Instagram on a regular basis. Like it or not, it is the way that our culture chooses to communicate and stay informed.
With these staggering statistics, it is no surprise that social media is a stronghold for Satan to use in his attacks. Cyberbullying impacts one in three students during an academic year. Many online predators use social media and gaming sites to meet their prey. Adult content is found regularly in user feeds.
As a man who surrendered his life to Christ at the age of nine, it is challenging to combat all of the attacks on social media. We must redeem this platform for the cause of Christ and make a difference through our posts, shares, and comments.
Band of Brothers worked through the “Fruit of the Spirit” this past fall, and it is easy to see that the fruit should be displayed in our social media activity. We need to express love and joy through our interactions with others, we should constantly promote peace and patience with our comments, we should show kindness and gentleness in our sharing, and we should always exercise faithfulness and self-control with our viewing.
As the Pastor of Communications, I try to help you in this arena by providing you with daily posts that will encourage and challenge you throughout your week. I always welcome your comments, insights, and prayer requests that are given in response to these posts. As you feel compelled, please like and share these posts with your friends and followers to encourage them as well.
Social Media is a tool that we at First Baptist Naples use for the glory of God, as we seek to expand His Kingdom into the feeds of people all around the world. You can use social media this week to invite folks to our Christmas weekend and Candlelight Christmas Eve services.
To receive this encouragement, view weekend services (on Facebook), and stay up-to-date on the latest happenings, “Friend,” “Like,” or “Follow” us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Simply search “FBCNaples” in your social media app.