What classifies a Facebook post as Christian or Non-Christian?

A while back someone asked the question, “What classifies a (Facebook) post as Christian or Non-Christian?” Below is my attempt to answer this question. I hope that you find it insightful and that it helps to clarify this issue. I think that Facebook is a great tool when used to the glory of God, but like anything else in this world when used for our own glory it causes problems.

It is not the post that can be considered “Christian” or “Non-Christian”, but the sentiment that the post is made in or the behavior that surrounds it can be classified as “Non-Christlike.” This does not apply only to things posted on Facebook, but to anything that is said or done. Anything we do should bring glory to God and should exhibit the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22–23).

If your behavior does not bring God glory, then it is wrong, it is sin. That includes quoting scripture, just because there is a Bible verse in your post, does not make it positive. Satan quoted scripture when he tempted Jesus in the wilderness. His goal was not positive.

As far as judging, the Bible teaches us to judge a tree by its fruits. However, it does not teach us that after making our own judgment to go and say, or do, or post something condemning toward the person whose behavior is not Christlike. The bible teaches us to pray for, love, and try to restore that person. If you read a negative post and then post something negative back, both people are wrong. I hope that answers your question Matthew and remember everyone, we ARE witnesses for Jesus in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth, it is up to each one of us to determine the quality of that witness!

Originally published at lowcountrygracepoints.blogspot.com on June 12, 2010.

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