In Episode 64 of Focused on Christ, hosts Mike Crump and Pastor Nathan Smith address the complexities of Christian conduct within the intense sphere of social media. They then dive into two recent controversies to illustrate these difficulties.

Key Points

  • Social media interactions should mirror in-person Christian conduct. Online debates and discussions warrant the same respect, care, and scriptural ethics Christians would uphold in face-to-face interactions.
  • Introspection before confrontation. Christians must examine their hearts and intentions before engaging in online debates about sin or perceived wrongdoings.
  • Jesus as the model. Christians are called to reflect Jesus’ example, even when confronting sin. This includes humility, mourning one’s own sin, meekness, mercifulness, a desire for reconciliation, and peacemaking – even in the face of persecution.
  • Kindness is not weakness. Clarity on scriptural truths, combined with kindness in communication is powerful and reflects an authentic Christian witness.

Controversial Topics

1. Coffee in the Sanctuary?: The hosts discuss John Piper’s controversial tweet regarding coffee during worship. They explore the balance between maintaining a sense of reverence and awe in the sanctuary and the freedom Christians have within their relationship with God. The key takeaway is that Christians should wrestle with this question on a personal level, as there is no simple one-size-fits-all answer.

2. Attending a Same-Sex Wedding?: The hosts address Alistair Begg’s advice to a grandmother facing the dilemma of whether to attend a same-sex wedding. They discuss the importance of balancing affirmation of biblical truth regarding sexuality with compassion and a relentless pursuit of relationship for the sake of the Gospel. The consensus is that applied theology is nuanced; Christians may lovingly disagree on these complex subjects.


Social media is a new and evolving landscape for Christians. It’s crucial to remember that our online behavior should align with the core principles of Christian conduct. Introspection, humility, kindness, and a genuine desire for reconciliation should guide our engagement as we seek to point others towards relationship with Christ.