Social Media: How Should We Engage?

Though its impact is much debated, social media – without a doubt – is a primary way our culture prefers to communicate.

In fact, statistics indicate that over half the world’s population (4.8 billion people) now uses social media.

Scripture, of course, was written long before the advent of Twitter, so we’ll look in vain to find passages that address its use – or any online platform.

Or will we?

True — we won’t find the prophets calling down fire on future Facebook users; nor will we detect some kind of anti-technology dualism, as if the media used should be branded “worldly” or evil.

God is a supremely inventive creator, as Tolkien noted, and so it’s natural for us to reflect him as “sub-creators” in a multitude of ways, including technology.

What matters most is the heart; whether the pen or smartphone is used in love, to God’s glory (1 Cor. 10:31).

For example, we’ve all seen the following on social media — though as we see, Scripture points us to a better way. (Note: The following list is from Rob Brockman’s helpful article):

1.  Impulsive, knee-jerk posts: “Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.” James 1:19-ff

2. Quarreling, stoking the fires of outrage. “…speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.” Titus 3:2

3. Gossip: “A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.” Prov. 16:28

4. Tearing down/seeking attention: “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up…” Eph. 4:29

5. Disrespect: “…the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness.” 2 Tim. 2:23-25

With our ultimate allegiance to the King of kings, we speak in this world as those who are being changed by grace — which is an outflow of the Gospel’s work, bringing faith and ongoing repentance.

It’s a movement from a self-centered focus to a selfless, outward focus that reflects the heart of Jesus himself.

Whatever tool we use, then, its popular use for the worship of self can be redeemed for love.

Think of Paul in Acts 17. He didn’t hesitate to leverage a common “platform” (the Areopagus) to discuss the popular altars of worship – even referencing the poets of his day to engage his culture with the true God:

“Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands… ‘‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’”

Social media platforms are essentially an extension of our hearts, out of which the mouth speaks (Matt. 12:34). Simply avoiding them altogether (which we may certainly decide to do) doesn’t change the heart.

Rather it is “the grace of God [which] … teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age…” See Titus 2:11-14

Seeing what Jesus has done and how he has loved us provides the heart-melting power to humbly engage our world, offer grace, and actually help us to build community.

In part 2, then, we’ll look specifically at how to include social media on your WordPress site. 


Everything you (truly) Need


Why do you do what you do?

It seems a strange question, right?

“Because I have to, or else things will fall apart” could be one answer.

“Because I want to, out of gratitude” is a much different one.

At Truepath, we opt for the second one.

In our efforts to provide you with everything you need to create a first-class ministry website — from easy-to-use WordPress software, to friendly, knowledgeable technical support that’s dedicated to answering your questions online or by phone — we’re here for you.

Ultimately, it’s a reflection of what we believe about the Gospel.

That might sound like religious jargon, but it’s not. Let me explain.

Despite the word’s meaning, there’s a universal tendency – born of our fallen desire to rely on ourselves – to warp “Gospel” into “advice.”

We reinterpret a word that literally means “good news” as: “If I just work hard enough, clean up my act, and do these 8 things, God will accept me.” 

In fact, if you really think about it, every religion tends to approach God that way.

Whether it’s the attainment of Nirvana by overcoming your desires (Buddhism); prayer and charitable deeds and making atonement/repentance (Judaism); moral living and belief in karma and reincarnation (Hinduism) – or a legalistic, works-oriented understanding of Christianity –  they all ultimately depend on our performance. 

And that’s not good news. After all, how do you know if you’re ever worthy or have done enough?  

Not only that, it’s the opposite of what the Gospel actually is. As Tim Keller has said, 

“The founders of every major religion said, “I’ll show you how to find God.” Jesus said, “I am God who has come to find you.” 

We can even be more specific as to how this looks.

At root, these “self-salvation projects” – or ways of trying to save ourselves – typically look one of two different ways. 

Again, Keller says,

“There are two ways to be your own Savior and Lord. One is by breaking all the moral laws and setting your own course, and one is by keeping all the moral laws and being very, very good.”

We could elaborate, but Jesus already did for us – by putting it in story form. It’s the well-known parable of “the prodigal son.” (That title is actually unfortunate since it’s actually about two brothers and two approaches to the Father!)  

The younger son breaks all the laws and considers his father dead, and squanders his inheritance; the older brother claims to do everything his father wished and yet won’t join the party (a celebration of grace) at the end. 

(Strikingly, since Jesus was actually telling this parable to the Pharisees (the very moral, religious types), we can actually discern that the older brother part was really the main focus!) 

So what is the Gospel, then?

Thankfully, there is a third way to relate to the Father.

Something wonderful has taken place – completely apart from you and I and our moral performance – and it’s been announced to the world. It’s news – not advice that you have to discover in a TedTalk or “how-to” instruction manual (“for dummies”) to live a more successful life.   

Think of it as a birthday or Christmas gift that you didn’t earn, expect, or work for. When it comes, you just receive it with open, grateful hands.

And what is the gift? It’s that God himself has secured the way to be right with him, and has come to find us when we’ve gone astray. 

Jesus has kept the law perfectly in our place and died the death we deserve. Now, forgiveness and full acceptance is ours, as a free gift – and so is the faith to receive it (Eph. 2:8,9)

Just like no one does anything in order to to be born into this life as a human baby, the new birth that makes us alive to God and able to trust him is itself a gift from God (Jn. 3:4-6). 

And so here’s the thing about moral living and obedience: as believers in Jesus, we don’t now obey out of fear of punishment, or to win or keep God’s affections. We obey because we already have God’s affections, and so want to please him. 

Truly, we have all we need in his finished work:  

“He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Rom. 8:32)


“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness, through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” (2 Pet. 1)

In this same spirit…

Truepath’s goal is to give you all you need for your website to run smoothly.

That’s why we provide feature-rich apps and top-tier security to keep your site protected from malicious attacks, or unwanted material.  

And just like grace, we don’t require you to be skillful or clever; we’ll take care of it for you – whether migrating existing content, set-up, or ongoing maintenance.

And not only that. We’ll even – if you desire – provide you with expert web design services.

That’s the bottom line: Jesus has given us everything we need, so we want to reflect that heart to his world. And so…

Truepath is here to serve you!