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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Bishop T.D. Jakes Daughter 'Cora Jakes' Gives Social Media Advice: It's Time to Clean Your Friend List || Read For Free


Some people’s social media philosophy is “the more the merrier,” but that may not be the healthiest mindset according to author Cora Jakes-Coleman.

The daughter of megachurch pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes told her 64,000 Instagram followers that they could potentially reduce the negativity on their timelines by simply disconnecting from unhealthy people.


“Some of you could stop this unnecessary social media fasting by just cleaning your friend list,” she shared with her followers in a black and white text graphic. Her succinct thoughts ended with the hashtag #ThoughtsFromCora.

The Faithing It author, who became an ordained Elder through The Potter’s House School of Ministry in 2016, thinks that many people run for cover from online trolls and vulgar individuals under the guise of a “social media fast”—meaning taking a break from online interactions.

But Jakes-Coleman believes becoming tech-timid and shunning Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, instead of blocking and deleting the biggest online offenders, is counter-productive to a Christian’s calling to be a shining light, even within the often morally depraved Internet community.

“Never run from an atmosphere that you have the power to shift and change,” advised Jakes- Coleman, who has come up against some online trouble-makers of her own.

Last week, she shared that someone insulted her by calling her “fat.” So then, what was the wife and adoptive mother’s response?

First, Jakes-Coleman asked the mean-spirited commenter, “how is that benefiting you?” meaning what was the person gaining from saying something unkind? She then told her followers to “stop letting insignificant people infect you, and start checking the enemy.”

She practices what she preaches.

Jakes-Coleman, who uses her social media platforms to share empowering video clips, inspirational quotes and blog posts to encourage women battling infertility, continued, “God doesn't want your Facebook or Twitter. He wants you to sacrifice your body not your social [media] status.”

The minister and intercessory prayer warrior who leads the youth in her dad’s Dallas-based church, rooted her words of wisdom in Romans 12:1.

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God--this is your true and proper worship,” she wrote, sharing the New International Version (NIV) of the scripture. 


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