He dropped to a knee in Central Park, pulled out the ring, and asked his sweetheart to marry him. “Yes!” was her answer. Everything was going perfectly. They strolled through Times Square, basking in the glow of their new engagement. The ring felt a bit loose, but he insisted that she continue to wear it. So they continued on and, of course, the worst happened. Not only did the ring slip off her finger, but it rolled forward and dropped into a New York City grate. For hours they tried to fish the ring out with no luck. To make matters worse, this young couple were visitors to America and were heading back to England in just a couple of days. Unsure of what else could be done, they tried to enjoy the rest of their time in the U.S. and then headed back to Peterborough, Cambridgeshire without the ring.
Luckily, the NYC Police Department heard about the incident and was able to recover the ring, but they had no way to identify the couple. So, they posted about it on their Twitter account. The story was retweeted (shared) over 31,000 times. Word eventually reached the ringless couple all the way to England and the ring was soon returned to them. (Good News Network).
This is just one of many examples of the incredibly powerful tool we have at our disposal – social media. And yet, what is it often used for? Discouragement. Arguments. Hobbyhorse topics. Pet peeves. Blasting others. Tearing down. One-upping. Fruitless discussion. Rumors. Arrogance. Self-promotion.
What a waste! 1 Peter 2:12 instructs, “Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation.”
People are watching. We need to keep our attitudes in check on Twitter. We need to let our conduct stand out for good on Instagram. We need to keep our behavior excellent on Facebook. We need to be a light for the Lord on these platforms instead of adding to the plethora of damaging, dark, and discouraging posts.
Imagine the enormous potential that we have with today’s technology:
When used right, we can talk to people we will never meet in person.
When used right, we can reach souls in places we will never visit.
When used right, we can touch tens of thousands of lives, if not more.
When used right, we can share the gospel thousands of miles away.
When used right, we can build up the church’s reputation across the globe.
When used right, we can expand God’s kingdom exponentially.
But it does actually have to be used right! Let’s think very carefully about our online presence. Whatever social media you use, use it to for God’s glory.