Christians and Social Media

How should a Christian handle social media?

June 26, 2018

More and more I am realising I am having this inner struggle with social media.

Everything about it shouts glorify yourself.

The Instagram accounts I follow with the picture perfect Pinteresty pictures, I know I love the pictures but most of the time they don’t leave me feeling so good inside.

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You see I don’t have a photographer following me around like most influencers\content creators do, so these photos are impossible really. So on this trip I’ve had the constant war in my head between one side saying I need to make sure I get the perfect picture and clip for a vlog or the other side is saying I can choose to live in the moment and take random photos for fun.

But I know the pictures that do well on social media are ones with people in, yes they do look the best but it makes me feel uncomfortable inside when my feed is full of pictures of just myself when I’m trying to use social media to glorify God then why do I feel the need to keep up and post pictures of myself?

Now I’m not saying don’t use social media or post pictures of yourself.

I’m challenging myself to rethink the motives behind the picture and caption.

How should Christians handle social media?

I am trying to teach myself that it is not about curating the picture perfect feed but to use real photos to share experiences and hope. So I’m thinking maybe I can share my love for God’s creation through my feed instead of the typical feed of loving yourself.

Through this trip I’ve had to let go of vlogging my days because then I’m not focused on enjoying my time and the question nags at the back of my mind, do I only wanted to make vlogs because everyone does i these days and the YouTubers I watch seem to have such perfect lives. Some days I feel this way and other days I just want to create content. I have to remind myself that I am doing this glorify God. (this is just a side ramble about my struggle with YouTube)

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Some of you reading this may think I’m crazy having this struggle because it seems so stupid and unnecessary but others may be right here with me.

I have decided to focus on only two social media platforms instead of being overwhelmed by keeping up with so many. And trying not to care about the growth, rather enjoying connecting with others and sharing what God is teaching me.

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This post came out of a journal entry which I’d decided I’d share with as a kind of ramble because maybe it will connect with at least one of you.

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  • mirandaalexandra

    Beautiful post! I love your Instagram Hannah! You can totally see the in the moment photos but all still flow together with your theme. You have a beautiful light that shines for God! Keep it up!!☺️💕

    June 26, 2018 at 7:11 pm Reply
    • thedifferentgirl

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment💕 so appreciate your encouragement!

      June 26, 2018 at 7:19 pm Reply
  • Alyssa

    Wonderful post! And definitely something I, as a fellow blogger, try to keep in mind. 💕

    June 26, 2018 at 10:24 pm Reply
  • Cara Eliza Cangco

    Hey I think I want you to be reminded that God IS pleased with you. You are pleasing God by doing this, putting Him first. Thank you for sharing this, it was a message from God when I was asking Him what should I do with my instagram when I’ve been on Hiatus because I hated social media, but because He freed me from all the things that have been chaining me down (JESUS FREED ME!!), I’m open to that platform again. But then I remember, and I see all the posts of the people I follow, its just… haha u get what I mean. And its so easy to get swept away that your eyes are glued to the screen and u forget God, I even forget myself. Thank you for posting this, because He used this to talk to me. You pushed through whatever insecurities and/or rejected what that demeaning voice in your mind tells you and posted this. I’m so happy!! We have to rejoice ^^ 😀 xD PRAISE JESUS!!! WOOOOOOO

    January 2, 2019 at 8:07 am Reply
    • thedifferentgirl

      Thank you for your comment and encouragement!

      January 4, 2019 at 3:22 pm Reply
  • Ainsley Steinbrueck

    Love this! I love the idea of being real, genuine and life-giving over the perfect feed, cute captions and whatever draws the most likes– definitely something I’m going to try doing <3

    January 15, 2019 at 1:10 am Reply
    • thedifferentgirl

      So glad you enjoyed this post💜

      January 15, 2019 at 11:21 am Reply
  • Itunu

    Looooooooove this post!! You’re choosing to live intentionally and weighing your motives for doing things. This is such a beautiful thing to do in a day and age where people don’t really care or are pressured to do something because others are doing it. Thanks for sharing your heart with us.


    December 27, 2019 at 4:54 am Reply
    • thedifferentgirl

      Thank you for such a kind comment x

      December 27, 2019 at 10:59 am Reply

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