I was reading an article this morning from Relevant Magazine’s website (if you don’t know who they are, they’re a magazine that talks about faith and culture). The article was “5 Arguments Not To Have on Facebook” (here is the article). It was a good reminder of what social media is good for and what it is not good for. Social media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, etc.) is not really the place to have long discussions. Mainly because the format of these places (Twitter being 140 characters, not being interacting face to face) does not lend itself to such discussions.
As I’ve gotten older and the longer I’ve been on social media, I’ve seen more and more how other people on my feeds can get into heated discussions over hot button issues. And while I may agree (or disagree) with some posts and tweets I’ve seen, I’ve come to see that it’s much better to address someone face to face about it then make comment after comment on a Facebook post or tweet after tweet on Twitter.
And sometimes some issues that are fought over on social media aren’t worth fighting to begin with. They tend to be issues that aren’t relevant or not worth it. In the end, it’s important to choose fights that are worth fighting for. For me, the most important thing is Jesus and following Him. I can’t make people follow Jesus, only He can do that. But I can love on people and share the truth of the Gospel. To some that’s offensive but Jesus said himself that to some it would be but to others it would be life.
So the next time you see a post on Facebook or a tweet on Twitter, take a moment and think. Is this worth fighting for? And is this the right environment to do it?