Can Social Media Be Good?
It’s easy for us to get caught up in the negativity of social media. There’s always something trending, someone to compare ourselves to, or somebody to talk about. I’ve heard it said before that we should all just logout, delete the apps, and never return again. There are positive things about social media though that bring people together, and instead of excluding ourselves from a growing platform, I believe we can use it as a tool to inspire change, hope, and Godly encouragement instead.
More often than not, social media can make it seem as if everyone else is doing better than you are. Yet when we take a closer look and dive past the surface, we discover real people facing real life just like everyone else. It’s not very picture-perfect or “Instagrammable” to share real heartache and struggle. And the thing is, social media isn’t the place for that either. When we use social media as our only source of connection, we create division and isolation between us and the community of believers we’re called to grow alongside. While we can use social media to inspire, encourage, and uplift — there are still conversations and growth that can only happen when we meet face-to-face.
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” - Hebrews 10:24-25
It is what we choose to share after the struggle that can inspire others who might be currently facing what you had to.
Social media can be fake, discouraging, and draining. So the question is: What can you share that will inspire? Maybe you’ve just finished a devotional that felt like a wakeup call. Maybe you heard a new worship song that lit a fire in your soul. Or maybe you just went through the valley and you feel like you’re seeing the sunlight for the very first time. I believe it’s what we do when we’re offline that truly matters, but we can still inspire real change, real connection, and real hope for a digital world. What will you share?
Creative & Media Arts Director