by: Christian Cannon
A picture is worth a thousand words. As a photographer that is a pretty tall order because sometimes I do not think through exactly what my photos are saying. Are they promoting a certain emotion, featuring a person or idea, or does the photo give glory to the photographer or the subject in the photo? Maybe to you these questions don’t really matter, but as a person who is often putting photos into the photos that are an extension of who I am, I believe they should.
"For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities-His eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen.’ How amazing is it to know that God’s qualities, as the creator of everything, can be seen in creation." Romans 1:20
My hope is that people see a photo that I post of God’s beautiful creation and then read a caption that may say, ‘When I see this sunset, I am reminded of all the amazing promises He has made’ or ‘This ocean shot reminds of me how long and deep and vast is the unconditional love that God has for all of us’ And then picture it, all those who saw one of those photos and read one of those captions, how amazing would it be to know that in that moment a seed was planted so that the next time they see a beautiful sunset or the ocean, they think of God’s amazing qualities?
I have a massive fear of rejection and a daily struggle for me is deciding whether or not I want to express myself in a way on social media that glorifies myself or glorifies God.
"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven." Matthew 5:14-16
We have a light that when put on a lampstand can glorify God. We are not to hide it because it may make people uncomfortable, we are not to hide it because it may make us look weird, and we are not to hide it because we fear the rejection it might cause. We must let our light shine before mankind, on Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook etc., so that they may see the things you post and the words you say and glorify God.
‘Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.’ Matthew 10:32
The rest is up to you. Social media has amazing platforms to shine Gods light and acknowledge Him before others. Together lets use these platforms to share the love of Christ with the world.