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Cora Jakes gives social media advice: It's time to clean
your friend list
Photo: Chanel Mitchell/C. Rene Photograhy
Article By Andrea Culpepper // Empowering Everyday Women Ministries News

FEBRUARY 8, 2017

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.

Is it possible that you need help disconnecting from unhealthy influences and re-connecting with
God? If so, you’re not reading this article by accident. Let Empowering Everyday Women's
intercessory prayer team stand in faith with you on this issue. God is able!
Click here to request
prayer.
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