The Chewbacca Lady & Social Media
You’ve all seen it by now, and are probably over it, I know. However, the Happy Chewbacca lady, Candace Payne (who happened to go to my alma mater, Ouachita, NBD), hit on something with her viral post recently that I’ve been thinking about for a while now. I’ll pose it as a question. Shouldn’t Christians be the most fun people to follow on social media?
It seems that Christ-followers, who SHOULD be the most joyful people on earth, would easily be the best people to follow, because who doesn’t love a [cheesy Christian pun alert] “good news” feed? However, this is rarely the case. Many times our news feeds turn into less than joyful places—places for political fear mongering, posts that say to tag 10 friends or Jesus won’t love you, diatribes on the demise of our world, and the list goes on. I’m kind of over it, to be honest. We are really great at being known for what we are AGAINST, and not so much for what we are FOR. We are called to be evangelicals—not the hijacked word the media uses to define a political group—but spreaders of “good news” (this is really where the word comes from). In Romans 10:14-15, it says, “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’”
This brings me back to Candace. I think what made her post go viral was one simple thing: her joy. The unadulterated, unhindered, uniquely human gift of laughter. Candace was able to bring complete joy to others through her own. I love it. If you dig a little deeper you’ll find that she’s a believer and a member of a church community here in Texas. But I could have told you she probably loved Jesus just by watching that clip. That’s good news kind of stuff right there. That’s Gospel stuff.
So, the next time you are sucked into an argument on Facebook or Twitter, or are tempted to post something negative, just don’t do it! Remember your purpose, and remember you are to be a good news bringer and not a downer. As it is written, “How beautiful are the feeds of those who bring good news!” That’s a loose translation, but you get it. Be kind. Be peace. Be light. Be joy.