Social media has changed our lives. Especially during the pandemic, people are spending more time on social media as a way to stay connected and to be entertained. Depending on who you ask, social media has made life better or worse (see this article on the impact of social media on mental health).
However, as Christians who engage in social media, we should continuously:
1. Reflect on how it is impacting our faith and relationship with God
2. Examine our motives and recognize the deceitfulness of the social media culture*
3. Use social media as a way to glorify God
As the children of God, apart from abiding in God’s commandments, to show love to one another is part and parcel of our lives. To love mankind is to love God as God is love.
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” (1 John 4:7-8)
“He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” (Ps 40:2 NIV)
Seeing the injustice, unrest, and chaos of this society, we may have feelings of uncertainty, fear, anxiety, anger, helplessness, or even hopelessness. Is getting trampled on by ruthless scoundrels justifiable? Violence is not the answer – we need to come together, lift each other up, and ensure justice will be served. Most of us are going through the same storm, albeit in different boats. The storm may be uncertain, but we certainly are in our own boats and trying to learn how to navigate through this storm. When I am in despair, I look to King David and his words of wisdom in the book of Psalms.
If there is to be a reckoning over the second coming of Christ and the urgency to get ourselves prepared, it has now been spotlighted by the coronavirus pandemic. Suddenly, the entire world seems to be at a loss with how to deal with the outbreaks. The only option left, to many countries, is to place more of their cities on lockdowns. More stringent rules are enacted to enforce social distancing, to suppress the spread of the virus. The vibrancy common amongst so many cities is fast-vanishing. The once-bustling cities are beginning to turn into eerily lifeless towns. The world is now hysterically being ground to an abrupt halt.
Since entering the workforce, I’ve found it harder to find opportunities to preach. This is probably a common feeling for those who have recently transitioned from student life to the working world. However, I’ve realized that the opportunities are still there – one may just need to look harder.
When I first started at my job, I was asked to join the building’s disaster/emergency evacuation team. It wasn’t something I was excited about since it was on top of all my other day-to-day job duties. The team met consistently for a period of about half a year and through it, I met some people in other departments. Another girl and I clicked, probably since we both dreaded attending those meetings. When our team went on a hiatus, we decided to schedule time every couple weeks to take breaks together and catch up. She was the one who always initiated the scheduling since I usually got wrapped up in work and would forget.