More and more men are using social media. The question remains, what does their social media say about them?
A few years ago, I heard that it was not uncommon for companies to check your social media to learn more about you in the hiring process. I’ve heard stories of people not getting jobs, as well as being fired because of what they posted on their social accounts. Your profile, and how you conduct yourself online can be very revealing and telling.
If someone looked at your social media right now, what would they gather about you, your life and your character?
When I look at some men on social media, there are some things that are very clear.
In some cases, I can see men who seem to completely love and adore their wife. They have a profile full of pictures and posts just praising their spouse every opportunity they get. It’s not hard to know this man loves his girl.
Other men, you can see that they are a family-man. Take for example a friend of mine from Massachusetts. He can’t stop posting about his son and the funny things he does. There is no question when you see his social media that this father is so proud of his kid, and would do anything for him.
I have another friend in Vancouver and every day he posts about Jesus. Whether it’s scripture, a quote, or image, you know this man loves God and is not afraid to let everyone on his social media network know about it.
Unfortunately, I have other people on my social media that do not communicate as positively of a message.
I see some men only posting about their partying lifestyle, or how much they drank last night. I try to not be judgmental, but after a quick glance at their social activity, I wonder if it reflects them as well as they might think.
I have other men who only use social media to debate other people, and assert their own opinions. Sometimes I see the same names come up over and over on people’s statuses, or shared articles which lead to negative public conversations.
I also have some men who I know love Jesus when I see them at church, but you might not know that if you looked at their social media accounts.
There is no mention of their Christian faith, no church check-in, or any Godly shared articles. I’m not saying that defines what a Christian is at all, but I wonder if some men purposefully hide this area of their lives?
What do you think? Is it worth asking ourselves the simple question, ‘what does my social media say about me?’.
What if a better question is “do my social accounts glorify God?”. I can’t help but think of the passage from Philippians 4, where Paul instructs his readers to think about godly things. What would it look like if we used that as a guide?
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—post about such things. – Phillippians 4:8 (emphasis added).
What do you want your social media to say about you? And greater than that, how does your accounts glorify God?