For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans 15:4

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14 Do all things without murmuring and arguing, 

15 so that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine like stars in the world. 

How do we present to others?  Social media has been an effective magnifier of who we are when we leave that place of being centered on Christ.  We are to be blameless in the middle of a crooked and perverse generation which in itself will have us shining like stars in the darkness that surrounds us.  Too often I  find we have become like the darkness and there is no perceivable difference between us and others but for the differences in affiliations or politics.  Hmmm.

Does the following describe our actions and words?

14 Do all things without murmuring and arguing, 

To be able to engage others without murmuring and arguing requires centering in Christ.  Directly above this passage we are told:

13 for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

God is at work in us. Our speech, written and spoken, will reflect His will, will accomplish His work through us and in us.  All for His pleasure when we have our minds centered upon Him.  Would our posts and comments on social media look and sound differently if we truly were centered in His will?  How can that be?

Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, 

I can only be obedient to that which I know…reflect on that a bit…

So what do I know?  I know a lot about what is being presented outside of Christ.  There is abundant exposure to the mindset outside of Christ through the internet allowing access to social media and news media and advertising…How do I know the mind of Christ?  My mind can be filled with the knowledge of who He is and what He does, how He loves and what He loves…He has shared that with us in scripture and in holy fellowship with other believers.  I can know what pleases Him, I can know what I can be obedient to.  This is centering on Christ not on the mindset of those outside of Christ.

Therefore, I can be a light in the darkness. I can shine like the stars in a dark sky.  My writings and my comments can be a reflection of what I find in the shared words of God, they can reflect the place my mind has found in Him.

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