Do you ever feel uncomfortable talking about Jesus on social media?
I have no problem sharing faith-based content on my Instagram account or my Facebook business page because I created those accounts for that purpose. I assume my followers welcome that kind of content. My personal Facebook page, however, is another story. I have a mix of friends there—former professors, former co-workers, relatives—and I’m unsure how they feel about devotions, Bible verses, and worship songs. When I’ve considered posting these sorts of things, I’ve worried: Will this bother people? Perhaps even cause them to unfriend me?
Despite these qualms, I recently decided to share more Christian-themed messages on my personal page. Yet, though I believe it’s the right choice, I’ve still been feeling a bit nervous when I hit “post”.
But a few days ago, I felt God using the story of the man possessed by a group of demons called Legion to affirm I was on the right track. Two things stood out to me. One is what Jesus said to the man after He set him free: “Go home to your friends…and tell them what wonderful things God has done for you” (Mark 5:19, TLB).
Jesus’ command to “go…to your friends” convicted me for feeling worried about talking about God publicly, and it encouraged me to continue sharing. After all, “friends” surely includes my Facebook friends!
The other thing that stood out to me is that after the miracle, “the crowd began pleading with Jesus to go away” (Mark 5:17). Though the newly freed man wanted to follow Jesus, the other people in that region asked Jesus to leave! The reality is, not everyone wants to hear about Jesus, and not everyone will like what I share on Facebook. They might want me to leave their feed. They might unfollow or unfriend me.
But Jesus was willing to risk offending some in order to reach the ones who did want a relationship with Him. I’ve decided I’m willing to take that risk, too, and continue to share the Good News.
Carina Alanson | @carinalanson
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