JESUS DIDN'T STAND ON BOXES ( or a Christ-follower's guide to conduct on social media )

Jesus, our one perfect example of how to live and carry ourselves on this earth, NEVER felt the need to FORCE His truth and thoughts on current events on others... He NEVER made people who didn't believe in Him, or believe differently than Him feel terrible, and He certainly didn't go around spewing out the woes of the current events of the world around Him all over everyone that would listen ... or in our society ... read or scroll through. EVERYTHING HE DID was out of LOVE and RELATIONSHIP.

As a matter of fact, the only time I can find Him getting on a "Soap Box" if you will,  is when He had to confront the RELIGIOUS leaders of His day. Even when He was in the most vulnerable situation of His life, when he was brought before those who "mattered" and was asked to prove his case about who He was before being sentenced to death... He chose not to land blast everyone and tell them they were all going to hell because of what they stood for and how they were living their lives. He stood there in silence, in Love. Even upon the excruciating pain of DEATH while hanging on the cross, he had compassion and love for his enemies and asked Father to forgive them.  

Let me just share an instance with you so you can get a picture of what it was like to be Jesus in an upside down and hostile environment and culture.

3-6 The religion scholars and Pharisees led in a woman who had been caught in an act of adultery. They stood her in plain sight of everyone and said, “Teacher, this woman was caught red-handed in the act of adultery. Moses, in the Law, gives orders to stone such persons. What do you say?” They were trying to trap him into saying something incriminating so they could bring charges against him.

6-8 Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger in the dirt. They kept at him, badgering him. He straightened up and said, “The sinless one among you, go first: Throw the stone.” Bending down again, he wrote some more in the dirt.

9-10 Hearing that, they walked away, one after another, beginning with the oldest. The woman was left alone. Jesus stood up and spoke to her. “Woman, where are they? Does no one condemn you?”

11 “No one, Master.”

“NEITHER DO I,” said Jesus. “Go on your way. From now on, don’t sin.”
— John Chapter 8

You see? The religious leaders and Pharisees placed the women in sin in public sight for all to see her sin and shame. Jesus instead of feeding into the religious leader's public shaming, knelt down and stared at the dirt. Like children who tattle on one another to their parents, the religious leaders kept bothering him until Jesus paid attention. He in turn said that the sinless could throw the first stone. Everyone left except Jesus. Jesus was the only sinless being that could "cast the first stone" But he didn't. He gave grace.  As a matter of fact in Romans 2 the scripture says this about sinners and repentance: 

4 Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his KINDNESS is intended to turn you from your sin?
— Romans Chapter 2

KINDNESS and LOVE turn people away from sin (the act of living in a way God never created you to live) NOT Condemnation! 

Everything Jesus was trying to show and teach us was done out of 2 things: Love and Relationship. Don't expect to lead someone into a relationship with God if you have neither of these.

So,  if you are sharing this and that on your Facebook page or Twitter to show that you agree or disagree with what's going on in your world, just know that this is neither endearing people to Jesus nor is it drawing people to you so you can have a relationship with them. Just STOP!!!!! Stop screaming out in the town square at the top of your lungs 24 hours a day so that everyone will know what YOU believe and stand for! Jesus didn't and wouldn't do it and neither should you. 

Want an example of what not to do on Facebook and other social media? I'll leave this with you, by the way, these are words straight out of Jesus' mouth:

“Be especially careful when you are trying to be good so that you don’t make a performance out of it. It might be good theater, but the God who made you won’t be applauding.

2-4 “When you do something for someone else, don’t call attention to yourself. You’ve seen them in action, I’m sure—‘playactors’ I call them—treating prayer meeting (Church) and street corner(Facebook) alike as a stage, acting compassionate as long as someone is watching, playing to the crowds. They get applause, true, but that’s all they get. When you help someone out, don’t think about how it looks. Just do it—QUIETLY and UNOBTRUSIVELY. That is the way your God, who conceived you in love, working behind the scenes, helps you out.

Pray with Simplicity
5 “And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers (and Facebook postings), hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat?

6 “Here’s What I Want You To Do: Find A Quiet, Secluded Place So You Won’t Be Tempted To Role-Play Before God. Just Be There As Simply And Honestly As You Can Manage. The Focus Will Shift From You To God, And You Will Begin To Sense His Grace.

7-13 “The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-IGNORANT. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice and (Facebook postings), peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this:

Our Father in heaven,
let Your name remain holy.
Bring about Your kingdom.
Manifest Your will here on earth,
as it is manifest in heaven.
Give us each day that day’s bread—no more, no less—
And forgive us our debts
as we forgive those who owe us something.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
[But let Your kingdom be,
and let it be powerful
and glorious forever. Amen.

14-15 “In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.
— Matthew Chapter 6