Saturday, March 28, 2015

10 Thoughts About Your Online Presence as a Christian



We have a way of  going online on our particular choices for social media, forums, our blogs, etc. without thinking much about what's being posted or how it's taken by others.  We're, most often, just having fun.  But think about what happens when we openly state we're Christian.  We automatically get others paying attention to what we say and do, our walk with Christ.  Some unbelievers or carnal Christians are going to look for reasons to "live like Hell".  Others are going to look for clarity to help them decide if this Christian God is worth their attention or is what they've been seeking.  

By being online, we, in a way, put ourselves in a leadership role.  Leading people to salvation or into improving their relationship with Jesus.  Now, don't go all paranoid on me.  It's important, but the load isn't all that heavy.  There's nothing sweeter than having a relaxed walk with God, getting blessed by using the gifts and calling He's given us.  So, we're resharing a couple of posts on Saturdays that will bless your online leadership.  We start with Dwight Clough, who is a blogger I met on Google+, and who describes himself as an author and an online pastor.  His blog is Empower Good and, yes, that's a link to his blog.  I think you'll want to check it out, once you've read the reshare that's Dwight's guest post for the day.  Let's take a look:

You gotta be smarter than the other fish in the pond if you don’t want to end up in the frying pan.

#1 What an honor to speak into lives of people all over the world! You are a person of influence. You are designed to make a difference. You are created to bring eternal good into many lives. Online communities make the world your next-door neighbor. People all over the world will benefit from you.

#2 What an opportunity to learn from people all over the world! We are each a work in progress. Others sharpen us, encourage us, and help us to grow. This is a good thing!

#3 We are ambassadors for Christ. What you post or don’t post can make the difference between whether someone comes to Christ or not. Jesus doesn’t have a Plan B. You are His representative. If you are kind, then others know that Jesus is kind. If you are courteous, then others know that Jesus is courteous.

#4 Accent what God is doing right rather than what people are doing wrong. Yes, there is a need to call sin what it is. But the role of the accuser is already taken.

#5 Pick and choose your fights. Better to win the person rather than the argument.

#6 Others are watching. A heated argument about the fine points of theology does little to win others to Christ.

#7 Pause and pray before posting politics. I have friends on the right and on the left who sincerely believe they are advancing God’s kingdom with their provocative political posts. Most of them aren’t winning any converts to Christianity or to their political party. They’re just alienating the people who disagree with them. There’s a place for political conversation, but be careful about how you approach it.

#8 Pause before posting humor. What is funny to one person can sometimes be deeply insulting to the next person.

#9 Don’t be surprised if you’re persecuted. I’m not saying be paranoid or have a martyr’s complex. But there are people out there who hate God, hate Jesus, hate the Bible, and hate you because you’re connected with them. Sooner or later you’ll run into them. Pray for them; they need your prayers.

#10 Defend the name and reputation of God without getting nasty. Hey, we’re on the winning team. Nobody is as good and great as our God. We know this. We want our world to know it. And we can make this known while being confident, courteous and kind.

From the Bible
We want everyone everywhere to know and speak the truth about You, so that all may honor You for the good and great God you are. Matthew 6:9b (The Easy Bible)

Remember, you are designed to make a difference!

Dwight

10 comments:

  1. Bill Kraski, thanks much for the reshare - and I love your opening paragraphs. You are out there making a difference. Appreciate you!

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    1. Thanks, Dwight. I just try to be the spiritual stenographer.

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  2. This is an excellent list. I write things and have opinions on topics I do not want to reflect on Christ as part of my witness. Let's keep our eyes on Jesus and not bring the focus of others toward politics and divisive issues even within the church.

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  3. I agree, Roger. Dwight did a great job of nailing it down.

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  4. We don't think about things like this as much as we should, Pastor Jason.

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  5. When I began my inspirational Blog a few years back, many who were not professing faith in Jesus, finally began to be bold and do the same. It is not an easy road because you do get slammed. But if we are to take up our cross and follow Him, then we can expect there will be the nasties who will call us names.. This is where I claim His Word. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Praise His name. God Bless You Bill.

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  6. I've had a few name callers, but mostly not. Most recognize a need for God.

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  7. I use #5 all the time - I may have a strong opinion about something but is the response worth me stating that opinion? How will it affect my ability to share the gospel?

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  8. I'm mostly with you on #5, Jon. But my online discussions have sometimes sucked me into being more expressive and definitely wasting valuable time. I'm getting better about not being lured in, though.

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