You have seen at least one or two of them, people who are expressing their feelings over social media, most especially, in your Facebook news feed. And it’s understandable; these are very trying times. We may not have even seen the worst yet. The Bible promises that it’s just going to get worse and worse. So how do YOU express yourself online? ARE YOU THE…
You do not allow all the negatives news prevailing on the Internet and social media to overcome your faith in God. You regard Him as a Strong Tower, a present help in times of trouble. And you also regularly pray Psalm 91. I appreciate people like you. Your posts are always welcome in my feed.
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
You believe that all of this will end soon enough. You maintain your hope that through smart decisions, resilience, and “weathering the storm,” you will be able to survive all the crises that will come your way. I pray that all your hoping will not be just wishful thinking but because you have true faith in God your Savior. Your posts, especially the funny ones, are welcome in my feed and we can also chat if you begin to feel hopeless.
“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.” —Jeremiah 17:7
Whatever you may be feeling right now, know that it reflects on your social media posts.
You do not believe that you deserve to be in such a situation, the feeling of being trapped in your home and not being able to work and feed your loved ones. You are the one who does not want to be at the mercy of other people. You work hard, you pay your taxes. You always want to do what is right. And by doing what is right you believe that you should also be treated right by other people. Now you are seeing that it does not work that way. You criticize even the small, little things and post it all over social media. I usually hide your posts.
“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” —Luke 12:6-7.
You see every day that the situation is not getting any better in the short term. A situation that is true for many people. No work means no pay. The challenge of feeding a family and keeping them safe from the virus is taking a toll on your nerves. Then seeing how the government is grappling with the issue and finding no end in sight, you vent your frustrations on social media. I want to help you but venting on us, your social media friends, will not help your plight.
“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” —Psalm 91:14-16 ESV
You are the one who sits around like there is no crisis facing the country drinking a Mountain Dew. You are the most dangerous in this list not only to yourself but to others. It’s like live and let die, the actual quote, not the James bond movie. You make yourself happy by posting funny memes and GIFs poking fun on the crises. You will do what you want to do and do not do what you have to do. You do not interfere with other people’s business or concerns. You may not even be concerned with what you’re loved ones may be going through. You sit amused in front of your computer not thinking of what the consequence of your inaction may bring. Did you notice that I unfriended you already?
“But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” —1 John 3:17-18 ESV
The mere thought of quarantine (or lockdown) wrenches your soul. The specter of losing your job or business opportunities, loved ones dying, having nothing to eat or feed the children do not allow you to sleep or rest should this crisis persist. You are the one who also tends to repost or share fake news because you think that it is better to err in the side of caution. But what you are doing is spreading the anxiety that you feel. People can feel your fear when you post on social media. We want to help you but all we can do right now is pray.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” —Philippians 4:6-7 ESV
Whatever you may be feeling right now, know that it reflects on your social media posts. It usually shows your true state of mind and faith (or lack of it) in God. I believe in God who can deliver me from the crises that we are in right now…and if you do not believe Him but want to know more, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are going through something bad right now, you need to talk to a real, living person, may I suggest that instead of posting on Facebook, talk to one of the Prayer Counselors of the CBN Asia Prayer Center. They are a listening ear for you.