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Proper and Effective Use of Social Media Platforms

 

District Apostle Charles S. NdandulaDear Brothers and Sisters,

We live in a world that is now heavily driven by technology especially Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs); along which has come social media platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp to mention just a few. In this regard, I wish to thank members, especially our dear youths, who are positively and effectively using social media to further the work of God in our district. However, information reaching my Office indicates that some of the material posted, and comments made, by some of our members are at variance with our doctrine and the expected moral standing of our Church in society. What then is the proper and effective way to use Social Media?

 

In June 2017, during the Day of the Youths in Frankfurt, Germany, our dear Chief Apostle guided that the problem was not with social media as a platform, but usage and that social media has the prospective to promote one’s image.  Unfortunately, some few members of our Church have become Heroes on social media for spreading falsehoods, inaccurate postings or unacceptable comments. How is it possible that a Child of God can be famous for lying, hatred, destruction and injurious comments against fellow Christians and members of society?

 

The words in Mark 8:36 guides, For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” Indeed I can add to this, what shall it profit a member whose pre-occupation is to become famous for insults, innuendos and speculative behaviour on social media? Further, what name do people know us by on social media - liar, hater, destroyer, evil one…….? Our Hymn “Let your conversation be of Christ” provides a desirable way to use social media to propagate the gospel of Jesus Christ. Proverbs 22:1 teaches us that “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches [fame], Loving favour rather than silver and gold.” Our good name is being “A Child of God”. Therefore, let our reputation, conduct and behaviour on Social media reflect our good name and belief in Jesus Christ.

 

With this understanding, even our postings and comments can bring joy to the world because love rules in our hearts, and therefore, in our conduct on social platforms too.

 

In view of the, aforesaid, we all have a duty to preserve and correctly portray the good name of the Church at all times. I urge you all to be watchful and be the gate keepers of the sanctity of the Word and House of God by desisting from using your social media platforms as the avenue to let out your misunderstanding, frustrations or anger of one kind or the other.

 

My Office and that of all the church ministers accessible to you, are open for you to share your grievances, if any, otherwise, please do not join in conversations that may cause you to commit crime for which you may be prosecuted under the laws of our countries, and even more serious committing sin. My job and yours is to ensure that we truly remain who we are, because any tree is known by the fruit it bears. We carry the Holy Spirit, therefore, the fruit of the spirit outlined in Galatians 5:22-24 is our guide whether in physical life or on social media.

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, I always draw strength from you all which propels me to ensure that the work of God remains pure even in our time just as it was in the time of the generations before us. Let the technology work for us, and not destroy us.

 

May God richly bless you all!

 

Charles S. Ndandula