Around this same time last year, as the leaves were changing and the temperatures were falling, I specifically remember reading a post on Facebook which talked about whether Christians should or shouldn’t engage in this particular activity. I remember thinking to myself, “Oh, well she is one of the most devout Christians I know. So if she thinks it is acceptable, it must be!” I almost hit the ‘share’ button…you know…that button that allows you to share something that someone else wrote…something that may agree totally with what you believe and also gives you an ‘out’ in case someone is upset with the post. “Oh, I shared it because I thought most of what she said was relevant.” There is just something behind that ‘share’ button that gives us a sense of ‘behind the screen’, passive-aggressive, boldness.
Here is the danger in sharing someone else’s option.
Firstly, conviction is personal. You may not have an issue with a particular sin that someone else struggles with and a post to you may seem ‘harmless’ when it could tempt someone else into sin.
Romans 14:13-23, “Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall.” (NIV)
Maybe that post about a glass of wine is harmless to you…but maybe your brother or sister in Christ has an alcohol addiction and it tempts them towards sin.
Maybe that ‘share’ of the picture of the hot celebrity seems harmless to you…but your brother or sister in Christ has a tendency towards lust or pornography and it tempts them towards sin.
Maybe that post about your new purchase will tempt someone who has trouble with debt and spending money.
Secondly, we have to be careful not to ‘follow’ people. Not even Christians. The only One we should be following is Jesus. Even the most devout Christians are sinners. Hopefully they are making their best effort at being pure and holy…but one thing even the most faithful Christian will never be is perfect…and neither will you.
Friends, there is no judgement here. As I said before, conviction is personal and we can not be someone else’s Holy Spirit. But you can let your Spirit be your guide. In “Keep it Shut,” Karen Ehman encourages us to use wisdom and pray before posting. Pause and pray. Ask your Spirit for wisdom before you post something that could have unintentional adverse affects on God’s people.