We know God opposes the proud. But some forms of social media seem to have redfined what pride is and what it's not.
For example: Imagine if I stood before our church and told everyone, “Joe Smith said, ‘Richard you are the best preacher ever! Your sermons changed my life.’ And Jill, Denny said, ‘I loved your book. Everyone should read it. You are the best author I’ve ever read!’ Not only that, but Mike, Mitchell said, ‘Richard, Community Church is the best church in the world! No church is as good as Community Church.’”
Chances are good most people would look at me funny and think I’m a little full of myself for saying such things.
But if I simply retweeted those exact same statements, my retweets would seem totally acceptable to most. Honestly, I’m wondering if that is acceptable to God, or if it’s just pride in disguise.
I believe we need to walk a very careful line in ministry (I am certain I have crossed this line at times). Sure we want to celebrate what God is doing in our churches. Of course we want to get the word out about a new series or a book we’ve written. Unquestionably we want to share more reasons to give praise to our God.
But at the same time, we need to be careful that we’re not drawing attention to ourselves.