So you embarrassed yourself on Facebook. Again. It’s alright, we’ve all done it—because while Facebook can be awesome, especially when used as a tool to share the gospel, there’s no denying it’s created a new breed of social faux pas, which, whether you’re new to Facebook or not, can be tricky to navigate.
Social media etiquette is the key. For those of you looking to share the gospel online, we’ve created a list of 6 Facebook Dos and Don’ts which, we hope, will make you a more effective “Facebook Missionary”—and a kinder, more considerate user of social media.
Alright, pinkies out! Let’s get to work!
1. Facebook Don’t: Engage in Arguments
You’re scrolling through Facebook when suddenly you see it: a heated debate on somebody’s profile. Looks like they’ve got a bone to pick with the Church, and their opposing viewpoint isn’t going to come quietly.
We’ve been taught to be tolerant and respectful of other people’s beliefs. On the other hand, we’ve also been taught to “stand as a witness of Christ in all times and in all things and in all places” (see Mosiah 18:9). Is this the place to apply the latter principle?
The answer is pretty much always a resounding “no.” No matter what your intentions may be, Facebook arguments almost always become personal. If someone you know makes a point you disagree with, personally attacking them—even with truth—in their comment box will just put everyone on the defense. Remember, as Facebook Missionaries, we’re defending the gospel, not offending with the gospel.