Facebook has more than 1 billion active profiles now. If you don’t have an account of your own, chances are you know several others who do. People most commonly use the platform for sharing personal experiences, recipes, and photographs, but it’s also a popular place for opinions.
Unfortunately, personal beliefs often pull people apart, especially during an election year. Each time you browse your newsfeed, you’ll see eye-catching graphics and videos detailing all the problems of this world. Disagreements on hot topics can escalate out of hand quickly.
Using Facebook for Outreach
We can make a conscious effort to reach others through Facebook, though, if we use it correctly. Our pages can serve as a platform to share Bible verses and Christian teachings. Posting an inspirational status or personal testimony might not seem like much, but it may be exactly what one of your friends needs to read.
You can use your profile to support your friends, too. Lots of people will discuss personal problems on their page. Interacting with posts through comments and reactions or sending messages shows that you care. It’s a good way to get to know others on a friendly level and spread your love of Christ.
One of the most important things to remember, however, is to always be polite, even when you’re disagreeing. 1 John 2:11 says, “But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going…” If you want to be a light for the Lord, you must always present your Facebook with love and grace.