Monday, September 2, 2013

social media kingdom builders.


a friend and i are in the beginning stages of starting a fashion blog and i am SO pumped about it!!! (more on that to come later) so in preparing for it, we have been going all over the internet looking/reading other blogs to see the good, the bad, and the ugly. so as i was rummaging through blogs tonight, i came across this very interesting blog... 
i think it is a rare thing to find a blog by a man and he not be... well.... a little feminine. sorry if that offends anyone, but there are just very few guys out there that blog. so when i came across this one i just lightly scanned across it because i just assumed that he must be gay if he was a blogger. again, i know that is being presumptuous, but whatever. as i was skimming a subtitle caught my attention: 
  " Kingdom Builders-Christians and Instagram"
as i started reading, i realized that not only was he straight, but he was also a christian. and a christian that likes to slightly make fun of the "super christians" out there... something i also tend to do. and this little excerpt was far too true and i couldn't pass up sharing it. because i swear that i have about 50 of these "kingdom-builders" on my instagram feed currently, and i'd be lying if i said i didn't sometimes fall under this category too.
"This is something that is hard for me to write because I am myself a Christian, so I don’t want to come off too harsh. But what I’ve seen on Instagram that’s the most aggravating are the “Instafamous” Christian users. They seriously have to be the most pretentious of them all. They all call themselves “Kingdom Builders.” Which, I think, is just really silly to begin with. It just sounds like they all belong to some science fiction club. I understand what the term means, but I don’t think it’s really necessary.
All Christians who use Instagram use it the same way for every picture they post. It’s either a picture of a person they know that is “awesome and doing big things for the kingdom.” Or, it’s a picture of a sky, mountain, or body of water with some deep bible verse. It’s the same thing every time. But what I don’t get is why they have to call themselves “Kingdom Builders.” I know a few of these “Kingdom Builders” in real life and they have to be the most narcissistic, arrogant people I have met in my life.
If they’re doing anything, it’s bringing the Kingdom down and giving it a bad name. To be a “Kingdom Builder,” I thought that had to be someone who went out and witnessed to those that didn’t believe or to not being judgmental to those that sin. Instead, I see these “Kingdom Builders” hanging out together in their special little clique of other “Kingdom Builder” friends, doing nothing to further grow the kingdom of God with the nonbelievers because they think they’re too good for that. They probably think posting somewhat decent looking photos with some bible verse is all they need to do and they will be good. Technically, yes, that is sharing with others their faith. But when they do nothing else, especially in real life, I would say it wasn’t in God’s vision to see his word carried out on a cell phone to the same 200 people living in the same city, doing nothing to fulfill his word. But keep trying! I’m sure you’ll get there some day."

i think we all need to be reminded that the Lord probably wants more than just our social media pages to declare that we love and walk with him. i thought this was such an accountability check... "But when they do nothing else, especially in real life, I would say it wasn’t in God’s vision to see his word carried out on a cell phone to the same 200 people living in the same city, doing nothing to fulfill his word..." 

im not saying that posting bible verse or challenging quotes is wrong, but if we aren't living in a way that demonstrates what we are projecting to the world, then aren't we only reinforcing the misconceived ideas that many non-belivers already have about christians?

abc. 


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