By Dennis Moles, Pastor of Bella Vista Church
In 2018 it seems that everyone has a digital foot print. We text, tweet, snap, blog, Facebook, insta—any number of social media platforms have become our go-to means of communication and connection.
We live in a digital world. But do our digital footprints track along the same trajectory Jesus walked as he communicated and interacted with those around him? Often, too often, I think those of us to claim to follow Jesus walk a different online path than the one our Lord would walk were he occupying our digital space.
While none of us can say for sure what Jesus would or would not tweet, post, snap or blog, we can offer educated guesses based on what we know of him from the Scriptures. Here are five things I think would typify Jesus’ online presence.
Truth: I think Jesus would make sure his online communication accurately represented the truth. I cannot see Jesus ignoring or fudging the truth to make a point or win an argument. I bet Jesus would take five minutes to make sure his tweets and posts were factual and fair. I don’t think Jesus would settle for his comments being “mostly true” but would insist on them being “really true”. He did, after all, call himself The Truth (John 14:6).
Gentleness and Respect: I imagine Jesus would be able to disagree with someone without getting nasty. I think Jesus could make his point(s) without using hateful rhetoric, unhelpful overstatement, or personal attacks (1 Peter 3:15).
Humility: I suspect Jesus would function according to the power structure of heaven (bottom up) rather than that of earth (top down). Jesus would be more concerned with doing right (serving) than clinging to his rights (being served) (Matthew 20:20-29, Mark 10:45).
Wisdom: I am sure Jesus would have the wisdom to know when to speak and when to keep quiet. He would choose his words carefully and strategically. He would understand that sometimes the most redemptive thing we can say is to say nothing at all (Matthew 7:6, Matthew 13:34, Isaiah 53:7).
Love: Most of all, Jesus would show extravagant love to his Father by loving his neighbor—even the neighbor he did not know or agree with theologically or politically (Matthew 22:37-40, Luke 10:25-37; John 13:34-35).
The next time you or I post something let’s ask these two questions before pressing send:
- Is this true?
- Does it graciously, respectfully, humbly, wisely, and lovingly present the ultimate truth, Jesus Christ?