I am friends with a lot of youth leaders from all over the world, the result of having done youth ministry in several countries. And it pains me to say it, but while many are a great addition to my news feed on social media sites, some posts make me go ‘did you really just post that?’.

Just this week, I saw some social media updates from Christians that made me gasp. One youth pastor stated that if you objected to the free U2 album, surely you voted for Obama. I’m not sure what one has to do with the other, but can we agree that this is not wise? Yes, you have to right to your opinion, God bless the first amendment, but you do need to be aware of how this will come across. Is it really worth it to alienate people over politics?

Another Christian reposted something from a Facebook Page that had a lot of questionable content. Yes, this one post was non-offensive, but the rest sure was. And I’ve seen a whole bunch of peole share content from a openly anti-Christian page. Check the source of what you’re liking or sharing to make sure you’re not promoting stuff you don’t want to be associated with.


A constant barrage of negative posts, that’s something else I noticed. We all have our bad days, but if you can’t share anything else but frustration and anger, it may be wise to take a social media time out.

I could go on, but I don’t want to turn this into a rant. Let me mention one more thing. As youth leaders, our faith should be the number one thing in our life, right? Does your social media reflect this? I’m not saying you should only tweet Bible verses, or share inspirational memes. But if Jesus is all but absent in what you post, that does make me wonder where He really stands in your priorities…

Let me ask you a question. If I didn’t know you and I were to collect everything you have posted on social media, how would you be perceived? What would I conclude about your character? Your priorities? Your faith? Just something to think about…