There are a variety of ways that we fall into hypocrisy, but one that has become more and more of pitfall in the last ten years is social media. Social media is a bear of a burden for the average person. We spend hours on it each week, consuming and creating content that tells a certain story or displays a certain person.
Before posting that next thing, ask yourself these four questions to make certain you are not being a social media hypocrite:
1.) Did you do it for the 'gram? If you attended Ash Wednesday for the #ashtag, did you really go for Jesus?
If you did it just to share it, you didn't actually do it. Like the Pharisees who wanted people to witness as they gave, the intention is just as important as the action. If you answered yes to this, don't fall into hypocrisy and don't post it.
2.) Is this something you do regularly? Or did you go on this hike, this one time, and felt the need to caption it: "healthy living"?
If this isn't something you do regularly, move onto question number three to ensure that if you do post it, you are being honest. If it is something you do regularly, move on question four.
3.) Is your caption telling the entire story? Or are you sharing a dishonest snippet of the day or event?
Were you fighting mid-selfie with your partner and then forced a smile? Was the day actually miserable but you need to post to keep on schedule? If this is the case, don't share it. If you really want to, be honest about it.
4.) Why are you sharing this? Is it a humble-brag? A brag? What emotions are driving you to post this, are they negative or positive?
This is the tricky one, dig to the root of the issue... what are you hoping will come from posting this? If you have Philippians intentions (pure, kind, lovely, good, etc.), hit that share button. If you're uncertain or know that you aren't doing it for good reasons, don't.
I believe in you and your ability to be a mindful social media poster! When push comes to shove and you're really uncertain about whether or not you should, just remember Philippians 4:8:
"Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."
Think about....post abut... You get the picture.
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1.) Pray the Rosary
2.) Attend daily Mass
3.) Go to confession weekly
4.) Make time to go to Adoration
5.) Participate in Stations of the Cross
6.) Volunteer at your church
7.) Join a Christ-focused Facebook group
8.) Ask how you can pray for others
9.) Spend some quality time with your Bible
10.) Write your prayer intentions
11.) Research about your faith
12.) Find a good daily email devotional
13.) Make time for the Liturgy of the Hours
14.) Wake up a little earlier, making time for God
15.) Watch family-friendly content
16.) Attend a faith-focused meeting
17.) Start a Lenten support group
18.) Dedicate daily chores to Christ
19.) Workout, a your body is a temple
20.) Wear religious jewelry as a reminder
21.) Spend more quality time with loved ones (no devices!)
22.) Invite someone to attend Mass with you
23.) Spend 5 minutes in quiet meditation
24.) Follow Catholic or Christian social medias that build you up
25.) Add an after-meal prayer to your eating routines
Lent isn't just about what we give up, it is also about what we can do to prepare for Christ's return on Easter Sunday. Is there anything you plan on adding that I didn't mention? Let me know in the comments below!