Answers 28 | Is It Spiritually Better To Leave Social Media?

If you're a Christian you probably know someone who has left social media saying that it's going to benefit their spiritual life. In this Answers video, I wanted to address the underlying mindset that might cause someone to think in this way.

The basic point I'm trying to make here is that Christians aren't to live isolated from the world in enclaves. Of course, we need places to retreat to - our churches, prayer closets and fellowship meetings. But if we stay withdrawn from the world permanently, we're in disobedience to our Lord. Jesus calls us to be a visible, active influence on the people around us, demonstrating Kingdom values in a fallen world.

I forgot to add, this is why Christian social media alternatives, although well meaning, are often misguided. There's a Christian version of YouTube called "GodTube", and there was a Christian version of Facebook called "Faithbook" too. I don't think either have really caught on - in fact, I'm using the past tense for Faithbook because I suspect it may be defunct - but until we are expelled from mainstream networks, there's little reason to use them anyway. Don't post your content in a place where no-one other than Christians will see it. Don't "preach only to the choir." Post in the places where the unsaved will see it too. Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, light in the darkness. 

“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father." (Matthew 5:14-16)