The Rise of Self-Martyrdom


For those who are actively involved on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other top social media sites it is not hard to scroll through the website and find an article somebody shared with their opinion while knowing it is going to start an argument. What can make matters even worse is when they claim the article in the name of Jesus, Christianity, their church, etc. This is often misperceived as modern day martyrdom of Christians. But is this really the martyrdom Jesus was talking about?

 “In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood” Hebrews 12:4 NIV.

How easy is it for us to say that at a time when we post a highly controversial article knowing it will cause an argument, and one not worth having at that, that we are sharing it because it is our beliefs and we have to share our beliefs everywhere? Then when our beliefs are shared and criticized we say it’s because people are against God.

This kind of martyrdom has been extremely high in light of the recent rulings with the Brown case in Missouri (I am not sharing my opinion here). There are numerous articles shared in my news feed which are in agreement with the verdict and in disagreement with the verdict, who’s being racist, who’s being mistreated, etc. Often times these articles are shared to “start conversation” meanwhile there has not been one article I’ve scrolled past where it was not turned into an argument.

In Hebrews it points out that we struggle with sin yet many of us have done so to the point of bleeding and death. That is martyrdom. Not being ridiculed online for an article or statement that was shared. There’s another word for sharing things like this…two words actually…dumb and foolish.

“Don’t have anything to do with arguing. It is dumb and foolish. You know it only leads to fights” 2 Timothy 2:23 NIrV

There is a difference between standing up for what you believe in and sharing it for the sake of argumentative conversation.

Reading further down in Hebrews expands on the earlier verse:

“Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord” Hebrews 12:14 NIV

I want to ask you, brothers and sisters, to not aid in these arguments, to not intentionally start these arguments. Look at how a non-Christian will view your post: will it point to Jesus? I’m not saying everything you post online has to point to Jesus but as Christ followers we certainly don’t want our posts hurting our witness of the good things God has done!

It sickens me to see leaders in our churches (pastors, pastors in training, deacons, elders, servants of God) criticizing and bickering on Facebook. Is this how we want to lead people to Christ?!

Remember that there is a difference between standing up for what you believe in and sharing it for the sake of argumentative conversation. There is a difference between being ridiculed for Christ than there is being ridiculed for improper witnessing. We are to share Christ through his love not through judgment and harsh words.

This is my prayer today:

Jesus,
Let your love be known through us in our words and actions in the great times of life and in the trying times of life.
Amen

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