Here are list of things that you will never see a pastor put on Facebook or Twitter:
“We had the lowest attendance ever but the gospel was preached!”
“I am really bombing on this camp I am speaking at”
“I am burnt out and I want to quit ministry!”
“My wife is going through post natal depression and I am struggling.”
“My Church wont seem to grow no matter what we try.”
No here is what we (and I am putting me square in the middle of the we) put on Facebook and Twitter:
“Please pray for me because my church has grown from 10 to a quarter of a million in 24 hours and I really need wisdom on how to pastor them.”
“How good are the first 9 chapters of Chronicles? God’s word is amazing!”
“Can’t wait to preach at John Piper’s church’s youth group. I am humbled by the opportunity”
Granted, these posts are sarcastic posts that I have never seen on social media. But I have seen and I have posted things that are very close.
I have been challenged over the past few months to think about why I post what I post on Social Media I especially have been challenged by how my posts affect others. Sure my church is going great at the moment and I want more people to come to it but would posting how awesome my church is going discourage a godly and faithful brother in Christ who is struggling leading a church that is elderly and dying no matter what he tries to do? Putting up a post about my great wife could be cute or romantic but how does the single person who is struggling with their singleness feel when they read that post? How does the man who is married to a woman who is going through post natal depression feel when he reads my tweet about my amazing wife?
I am not saying that we should never put things on social media about how great my church is or how awesome our spouse is but we should check our hearts before we post. We should ask what is the motivation behind posting this tweet. Is it to show the world that I have arrived that I am awesome and that my life is fantastic? Or is it for a more noble reason? Also, ask this question before you post “Would I say what I am posting to all my Facebook friends or Twitter followers if they were right in front of me”? If not why would I post it online for them to read it?
Twitter and Facebook has shown me for who I am in the past. That I am really quite narcissistic and this narcissism is deadly to my soul. What about you? Do you need to change they way you use social media?