and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth BOLDLY to proclaim the mystery of the gospel
My favorite song as a youth was “Live Out Loud” by Steven Curtis Chapman (shout out to Jenna Petersen). I think what I most liked about it was that it specifically keyed a major part of the Christian faith while also being a catchy tune. If you study the Bible we are COMMANDED to go and tell the world about the Gospels. To help spread the Gospel and “Live Out Loud”, I’m here to challenge you to set your Facebook posting status to public and LEAVE IT THERE.
If your grandma can’t see it, you shouldn’t be posting it.
Part of living out loud (setting your facebook posts to public) is cleaning up the stuff that you post. Before hitting the post button, you should ask yourself would Jesus be proud of what I have written? As a Christian, you are a representative and ambassador of Christ. Your life while not perfect should be enough together that you should be able to present a somewhat Christlike attitude online. If you can’t handle that, then maybe you should deal with some issues in your life and come back to social media/Facebook later. Every single Facebook post that you hit the button on, you should be able to show your 82 year old grandmother and have her be proud. We can’t hide posts from God so we might as well switch to a mindset of making sure everyone can read them.
As Christians we will be persecuted. It’s expected and we should embrace it.
Sometimes we only post to friends because we want to avoid the backlash of the world when they hear the truth. Jesus preached the truth and they hung him on a cross. The world doesn’t always want to hear the truth. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t post inflammatory posts to rile people up (you know who you are). I also don’t shy away from the truth even when it disagrees with the current trend of how “everyone else” is thinking.
We are called to the light of the world and to let it SHINE. I personally don’t see how limiting your Facebook posts to only people that agree with you, accomplishes that. Last but not least, remember to be kind to those that disagree with you. As Christians, we have a higher calling and that calling is to love on people. It’s easy to forget that in the middle of a Facebook argument.
It’s Our Job to Preach
It’s not the job of missionaries, Pastors, the Pope, your parents, or “people who have it together”. It’s up to YOU. It’s your God Given MANDATE to tell people about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I know what you are thinking. I don’t know how to do that. I don’t know what to say. I don’t know how to say it. The good news is with Facebook you don’t have to think up anything to say yourself to spread the Gospel. All you have to do is love on people and share what is already written. I’ve listed 7 super simple (but not easy) things you can do with Facebook
- Post Bible Verses Directly From the Bible
- Check In At Church
- Share the FVC Sermon (or your local churches sermons)
- Share the FVC Blog Posts (or your favorite Christian blogs)
- Talk about what God is doing in your life
- Reach out to people who are hurting and offer to help
- Pray for people.
Literally as I was in the middle of crafting this blog post Pastor Matt @Krachunis preached a great sermon on how it’s everyone’s job to preach the gospel. You should check it out (click on the picture)
I Challenge You Set Your Facebook Post Status to Public and Leave It There
Will you put your light under a bushel or are you going to let it shine? You never know who will be reading your Facebook posts if you set it to public. It’s literally open for the entire internet to see. Let it shine for Jesus.
La La La Live Out Loud