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February 6, 2015, 8:00 AM

...ye shall be witnesses unto Me



Romans 14:16 Amplified Bible (AMP)

16 Do not therefore let what seems good to you be considered an evil thing [by someone else]. [In other words, do not give occasion for others to criticize that which is justifiable for you.]

 

What a powerful Scripture for us to live by. Unfortunately, most of us don’t. I am so trouble by the “junk” that is constantly put out on Facebook…so much so, that I am afraid our testimony is ruined before we ever “attempt” to share Jesus with those around us. Our “friends” hear our negative opinion, read how bad church is, perceive how unchristian THAT Christian is, and how terrible our life is — all from the slanted view of one person. How do we ever expect them to want to encounter Christ? The fact is, they will run from it…and we will be accountable!

I pondered in prayer this morning, what kind of a witness am I? How will Christ look at my efforts? Is He pleased with my actions? Facebook can be a great tool to witness, to connect with family and friends far and near, and to share great things; BUT, we have allowed it to become a powerful soap box that tears down others, causes the church to look unscrupulous, amplifies the destructive, and gives “praise” to the devil. I have seen more unconstructive, unenthusiastic, unhelpful, unchristian, and unnecessary comments lately that it makes me wish Facebook had never been created. The old saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” couldn’t be more of a lie! When you write something on Facebook (yes, I know it is YOUR page and YOU can write whatever YOU want, and if I don’t like it, I can unfriend YOU), the person reading it can only take the words at face value — no expression, no voice modulation, no twinkle of the eye, no kidding — just the words to be interpreted anyway a person feels. Whatever happened to going to someone privately and dealing with a matter, instead of putting the junk (especially church junk) out there for everyone to see (which includes the backslider, bitter, hurting, helpless, and hopeless)? I think that is how Christ would have us deal with issues, not seeing how many “likes” we can get, while tearing down others — and destroying any chance we have of being a positive influence on them. No matter how “right” I am, I can be wrong.

 

Romans 14:13 Amplified Bible (AMP)

13 Then let us no more criticize and blame and pass judgment on one another, but rather decide and endeavor never to put a stumbling block or an obstacle or a hindrance in the way of a brother.

 

Everything that goes through my mind doesn’t have to be typed on my page. Some of us come across as bitter, battered, blasting, and backslidden — and no one will want what we have! I know I am not perfect and have so much growing to do in the Lord; but I don’t want to be a stumbling block to one person. I don’t want to be the cause of anyone going to hell. I want to see the world saved, I can do that by saving a few things for the prayer room. 

 

Colossians 3:17 Amplified Bible (AMP)

17 And whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus and in [dependence upon] His Person, giving praise to God the Father through Him.

 

Dear Lord, help us to show you in everything we do. Not only are You watching us, but they are watching as well.

 

1 Corinthians 9:27 Amplified Bible (AMP)

27 But [like a boxer] I buffet my body [handle it roughly, discipline it by hardships] and subdue it, for fear that after proclaiming to others the Gospel and things pertaining to it, I myself should become unfit [not stand the test, be unapproved and rejected as a counterfeit].

 

If we would spend more time in prayer and His Book and less time on Facebook, we might be the witness He has called us to be (see Acts 1:8). I love all my friends far and near…God bless!


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