Written by cycleguy on June 7th, 2021

I’ll say it right up front: I am not on any social media-but then again, some of you already know of my disdain for it. I’ll go one step further: I don’t miss it. AT. ALL.  (Want me to tell you how I really feel?) 🙂

I read an article recently that was talking about what will keep a church from growing in the coming years. Know what one of them was? A pastor who doesn’t or won’t use social media.  My first reaction was benign- neither here nor there. Then I got upset that whether I am on social media or not will determine whether the church I pastor grows. Say what? Then part of me-a very, very small part- could see his point. Presence breeds an audience. So I left it at that.

I’m still not planning on using social media (except if this blog is considered social media). I’d probably get cancelled anyway since I’m not “woke” enough.  (Don’t care either). But there is something else which comes into play for me.

I don’t need all the vitriol I hear about and sometimes have read to me, i.e. so-and-so said this, “_________.”  Filling my mind and heart with garbage is not my idea of fun.

What prompted my thoughts this morning? Try reading Colossians 4:5-6 and try not feeling the same way. “Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Your speech must always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.” (NASB 2020)

The NLT has an interesting take on that passage: “Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.”

Frankly, I don’t trust myself. People spout off the whole BLM/CRT mumbo jumbo and my blood begins to simmer. To see a “woke” culture cancel everyone who doesn’t toe the party line and spiel their putrid garbage fries me. To see blatant hypocrisy and lies only gets my dander up. What hurts even more is to see and hear about the anger and the hate and the vitriol and strong, sometimes vulgar language, and lack of love words come out of people I know makes we want to shout, “No! This is not the way! This is not the Jesus way!”

So, you see…I don’t trust myself to practice Col. 4:5-6 (no matter what translation you read it in). Better to avoid than to wallow in the slime.

“Father, may my conversation always glorify You. May it always be ‘with grace and seasoned with salt.’ May my words be those of healing and encouragement.”

This same post is also at my other blog Living in the Shadow. You can also find it here.


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ed says:

    Social media used to have it’s benefits, especially among families divided by region. I have family in Cuba and in the Florida area. But it’s so strange that I don’t “know” these people at all. We don’t really talk outside of facebook.
    The only thing I really use S.M. for is the opportunity to both encourage and evangelise. But even that meets with lackluster reception.
    I’d rather read my Bible, where it’s a one on one with God!

  2. Social media has its bad and good like all commination’s. Every once in a while I get a weird comment on my facebook post but often enough to stop posting. After a while you get a certain following just like blogging. I would say all my followers are christian and encouraging. I took up a ministry on facebook when an older missionary who use to daily send out Christian quotes on email. When she died I decided to do the same on facebook. Like most thing, it has its place if one use discipline with it. Blessings.

    • cycleguy says:

      You are right Betty. My concern is the vitriolic speech that is so prevalent. “Agree with me or your comment is worthless.” Or you might get canceled.