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A Social Media Engagement Checklist:

How to decide if you should post something political or jump into a conversation about political issues. And, what does God say? If you can honestly say yes to all 6 sections below, then stay in the conversation and post away.

“I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Matthew 12:36

1. I understand the potential of my words can destroy or give life to people around me.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
Proverbs 18:21

2. Others have said that I typically listen before speaking.

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
James 1:19

3. I have a close relationship with someone who holds an opposing point of view.

A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.
Proverbs 18:2

4. I have the good of my viewer/listener in mind as I post/speak.

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Philippians 2:3-4

5. My words sound gentle and authentically kind.
(You may want to ask someone else to weigh-in)

Remind them…to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.
Titus 3:2

6. The result of my words bring peace and unity among the people around me.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Matthew 5:9

HOW TO NOT PANIC AND TAKE HEART

Straight from the bible

As you read these, make note of everything that stands out.

I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
John 16:33

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
John 14:27

The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.
Psalm 103:19

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Matthew 5:9

Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor. Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly.
1 Peter 2:13-19

So that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 3:10

Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
Colossians 4:5-6

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