We live in challenging times.
- The gay marriage ruling.
- Believing couples living together unmarried.
- Churches faltering in either belief or existence.
- Lying increasing.
- Plural marriages.
- False teaching.
James 3:1-2 (NIV) says, “Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check.”
The NIV says, because a teacher has more influence, he will be held more accountable. The second part is talking about the tongue, how control of it would mean control in other areas of your life, too.
As you have seen in our schools over the years, the growth of two-income families, the proliferation of preschools set up to take care of working parents’ children, and the infighting with Christians online and in real life, our society is reaching a point where America is slowly trying to squeeze God out of the country through the minds of your children via outside influence. Erase history and the next generation doesn’t know what they missed, or why it was important. This is why you and I need to be more aware as believers what we post online and how we engage.
The internet is a great tool for missions. The other side use it, too. Send out enough sensationalized or false stories on video or in written form, and the truth is that much harder to disseminate. As a very busy woman, it’s difficult to take the extra time to chase down the roots of a story through the search bars. It’s easier to trust the person tagging me in it or sending me the email than it is to check it out. Everyone believes what is on the internet. The Texas Pool video was a prime example.
People didn’t check out the story for themselves, but believed that it was about race. Demonize a people group, and you discredit their influence.
Over the years, the church has been maligned online in the name of authenticity by believers. The real culprit was about a lack of forgiveness and the need to heal over a real or perceived hurt from a church experience. People didn’t see the harm in blogging about their bad experiences, sharing their hurts through public Facebook updates, and boundaries became fuzzy.
People read online about the trouble in churches and say, “Look! See, how church doesn’t work!”
People believe whatever they read online. Today a business or a church rises or falls based on one video, one story, or on a status.
Why should I go to church if all I hear is how bad it is, how judgmental, and how cold? Why should I believe in your Jesus if you are complaining about your church? In my mind, walking in the steps of an unbeliever, Jesus and church reflect each other. Not to mention, how many untold stories of positive change go unnoticed, because it’s easier to believe the worst in something or someone.
Instead, mind your tongue. Social media, blogging, your coffee shop talks (guilty here), your emails, and your public self influence a generation that is hungry for truth. The world lives and dies on public perception.
This is why we created TRC Magazine. Christians are very diverse people.
We represent all who believe in Jesus of the Bible (the Trinity). We believe in only the Bible as the Word of God. From the Bible, we can know how to judge truth. We can discover on an intimate level who God is by His Word. He won’t contradict Himself. Many well-known magazines and speakers say this generation is Bible illiterate. We’ll read only Sheila Walsh, but not sit down to understand our life through the lens of God’s Word. It’s a standard of living, of loving, and of growing as a Christian. It’s how to find out why believing in Jesus is important.
- What does the Bible say about living together unmarried?
- What does the Bible say about plural marriages?
- What does the Bible say about lying?
- What does the Bible say about gay marriage?
- Why can’t someone be single? The Apostle Paul was single.
- What does the Bible say about the Bible?
We live in challenging times, church. It’s time we woke up and began to enter each day intentionally. You may not feel like a leader and you may not lead a ministry, but you are online, you have friends, and you have a family. That means you teach. It means you are representing Christ, but we must represent Him truthfully and with compassion.
So why not share why you believe in Christ with us? Why not post on your Facebook why a particular verse this morning impacted you? Live faithfully, take good risks, and engage. Use social media to invite that new person at church to coffee. Take some cookies to your neighbor, even if they do play their music too loud at 10 at night.
This generation is listening and watching, and for better or for worse, will learn about Jesus through how we live out the Word in our day-to-day.
Nikole Hahn, Publisher
P.S. Please keep me in your prayers. In May, 2015, I was appointed by WorldVenture as a Social Media Missionary. New missionary letters will go out soon with more information. Let me know if you would like to be added to my chimp mail list.