One of the most unfortunate, but telling aspects of social media is the way many Christians use it with no concern for how it reflects on them or their Savior.
Many believe (wrongly) as long as they speak the truth, nothing else matters—even, especially, when talking to or about other Christians.
However, Paul tells us in Ephesians 4:15 that we keep unity within the body of believers by not just speaking truth, but by doing so in love.
One of the simplest ways to tell if our social media speech is truly biblical in both the content and delivery is by testing it against the fruit of the Spirit.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23 HCSB)
Look at each of these to see if we should actually say what we are thinking about tweeting or posting.
Love: Is what I’m saying concerned more with their edification or my reputation?
Joy: Will this bring lasting joy to those who read it?
Peace: Am I doing all that I can with this to promote peace in the body of Christ?
Patience: Is this the right time to say this or should I wait until later when I may be thinking more clearly and less reactionary?
Kindness: Are my words kind words—not telling someone exactly what they always want to hear, but maybe not always saying exactly what I want to say either?
Goodness: Will my words encourage their reader to live more like Jesus?
Faith: Am I attempting to say something that will cause people to trust more in Christ or applaud me?
Gentleness: Am I speaking more harshly than needed simply because I want to “make an example” of those who may disagree with me?
Self-control: Should I actually say this? After considering the other fruit of the Spirit questions, is this something that is better left unsaid?
Thinking through these questions, I wonder how much we would ever post on social media if we truly considered this list as we should. Maybe that’s the point.