“Guardrails for Social Media” from Pastor Jonathan

“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.” Hebrews 13:7 

Pastor Jonathan is a well-respected Pastor/leader at our home church (Grace CMA). He recently had a post about ways for protection when using social media. We are so thankful for such a wise and loving pastor, who summaries the boundaries in dealing with social media much better. His sharing gives us encouragement in building our blog for the Glory of God (why this site), and peace for choosing to mute the “comment” function for now (why no comments).

He says, “Want to use discretion?  Try incorporating these guardrails when using social media:

  • I will only post that which is encouraging and edifying.
  • I refuse to vent or speak negatively about anyone or anything.
  • I will take personal responsibility by removing any posts that lead to negative comments. If it incites criticism towards friends, spouse, parents, or co-workers, I will delete it.
  • I will avoid passive-aggressive posting. For example, I won’t post Bible verses pointing to the actions or words of another.
  • I won’t post seductive pictures and “selfies” to “put myself out there.”
  • If our marriage is in crisis, as we pray and work towards reconciliation, we will suspend all use of social media for the sake of our children, family, and friends.
  • If I question a post, I will ask a mature friend to review it before I post.
  • I won’t stalk the behavior of another via social media.
  • I won’t create false accounts to manipulate or deceive someone else.
  • I will share all passwords with my spouse or another family member.
  • Above all else, I will strive to use social media in a way that honors God, others, and my family, regardless of my feelings.
  • If I can’t use social media in an honoring way, I commit to deleting my account.”

Read Pastor Jonathan’s full blog post here.