We all have those Facebook friends that get on our nerves. They post things like, “share this or you support animal abuse” or “if you can’t handle me the way I am, then you’re the one that’s wrong, not me.” It can get particularly bad when you are a Christian with friends that share posts blaspheming God. So what do we do? While the easiest route would most certainly be to delete them and ignore their inflammatory posts, is that what we should do?
If you are doing your part as a Christian, your friends should know by your posts that you are a Christ-follower. That doesn’t mean you have to share those “like for Jesus, ignore for Satan” posts, it means that people should know your faith by your fruits or what you say and how you act. (Matthew 7:15-20) If your un-Christian friends know your faith, they will likely come to you with questions about Christianity. While it can be quite tiring to answer all of those questions, (and again just easier to delete them from your friends list) we are called to have an answer for those that question us. (1 Peter 3:15) It doesn’t matter what is easier, as a follower of Christ, you are biblically obligated to give them an answer.
You should want to give them an answer though. John 13:34 commands us to love one another, and if you are loving them, you would want to share Christ’s saving grace with them so they won’t perish. Social media is an excellent witnessing tool. In a culture where we are too busy to be bothered to form relationships in person, we can foster personal relationships online. You can certainly still meet with them in person, but social media can bridge the gaps between times when you see them.
This certainly doesn’t mean to challenge every post they make either. Some posts are just intentionally derogatory and are best left alone, but some are built on misperceptions of Christianity that Christians should be able to point out to them. If not you, then who? It does take patience to work with these friends, but love is patient, (1 Corinthians 13:4) and as we have established, we are called to love them.
This isn’t to say that you need to prove that you are right all of the time either. We don’t want to border on the side of pride. Just being there to love them, help them, witness to them, and answer their questions is what we should do for these friends. So you may want to re-add a few recently deleted friends and think twice before deleting a few you’ve been thinking about deleting. Be that light for them, and you may just be what leads them to a loving relationship with their Savior.