Author of #1 Book, "Adamant," Cautions Christians Using Social
Media: Just Because It's Viral Doesn't Mean God Approves
By Leah MarieAnn Klett , Christianpost.com
author Lisa Bevere has been a constant on the Christian
Bookseller's charts in recent years with the #1 "Without
Rival," and her recent children's book, "Lizzy The
Lioness." It runs in the family as her husband, John
Bevere, has also reached the top of the charts with
"Killing Kryptonite," "Driven By Eternity," "Good or God,"
and "The Bait of Satan."
On the heels
of that reputation, Lisa entered the current Top 50 list at #1
with "Adamant: Finding Truth In A Universe of Opinions."
In an era of
"fake news," she encouraged Christians to use social media to
promote "truth" rather than "opinion," warning that just because
something goes viral doesn't mean it has the approval of God.
"There's a huge danger when it comes to social media, because there's
often no accountability," the New York Times best-selling author
and internationally known speaker told The Christian Post. "The
Bible is very clear that many of us should not be masters or
teachers, but we can translate that to bloggers and posters.
"The Bible says we're going to give an account for every idle word, and I
think that can be applied to what we post on social media. We
need to use social media to declare truth."
Among Christians today, there's a "mob mentality" where "people can say
whatever they want to say, and when it goes viral they think
they have the approval of God," the speaker and author
"But that's not the case," she said. "Sometimes, when things go viral,
you're not impacting people, you're infecting them. You're
pointing out problems and not solutions. If you don't give
people an answer and point them to Jesus, you're just creating
more of a problem."
Bevere, who with her husband John founded Messenger International, an
organization committed to developing uncompromising followers of
Christ who transform their world. In Adamant, she
encourages believers to look to God for truth and certainty
instead of relying on the world's ever-changing opinions.
She told CP that far too many people today have "high opinions" and "low
awareness" of what Scripture actually says.
"I believe that when you're under authority, you have authority," she
contended. "The number of followers you have doesn't give you
authority. The number of people that read your blog doesn't give
you authority. Being under the authority of the Word of God and
being under the authority of the relationship of a community of
believers, these are the things that give us true authority."
Before posting on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, Christians should ask
themselves: "Am I actually advancing the Kingdom of God, or am I
causing people to recoil? What can I say to challenge people to
have a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ?"
"I should be aware of Who I am representing when I post," Bevere said. "I
don't have this freedom to post whatever I want on social media.
If I am a Christian, I'm an ambassador of Christ, and I don't
have the right to take people emotional hostage and process my
own pain for everyone to hear."
Within the Church, there are two extremes, Bevere explained: Those who
are known for what they're against, and those who claim to be
the "cool new people" and reject absolute truth.
"But if we are truly people of God, we are for absolute truth," she said.
"Truth is adamant, but it's also tender. Truth without love is
harsh, but love without truth is a lie. God is truth and God is
love, and so we have to make sure we walk in both of those when
we are posting on social media or any platform.
"The more access you have, the less privilege you have to say whatever
you want to say."
Because truth, according to Scripture, isn't fluid, Bevere admitted it's
impossible to be both biblically sound and politically correct
in today's culture of moral relativism.
"I think Jesus did a great job with it, but the Church gets so wrapped up
in small questions when we already have the big answer, we
already have the solution," she said. "Do I believe marriage is
between a man and a woman? Absolutely.
"Do I believe abortion is sinful? Of course. But the Church is rampant
with divorce and jealousy, and it's very confusing to people in
"We need to live the truth in love so people can actually see our lives
rather than just hear our words," she added.
In a culture where truth changes with the trends, Bevere encouraged
Christians to not only preach the truth with boldness, but live
it with confidence.
"If we can actually begin to live the transformation that the truth
provides, it'll be woven into the fabric of our beings, even if
we don't understand," she said.
"God knows what I need. We the Church must humble ourselves and stop
making excuses and say, 'God, we want to live the truth before
you and speak it in love.' The Church has a moment to be
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"Lizzy The Lioness" Interview
courage to ask for help
By Cat Acree, bookpage.com
"Brave happens in the context
of community where the voice of everyone is heard."
Bestselling author Lisa Bevere has inspired
millions of adult readers with books such as Without Rival
and Lioness Arising.
Her first picture book, Lizzy the Lioness, with illustrations by
Kirsteen-Harris Jones, is the story of a playful lion cub
who's tired of being little. When Lizzy wanders away from the
pride, she finds herself facing danger that she's just not big
enough to overcome.
As Bevere makes very clear with this sweet story, being little is never a
weakness, and sometimes asking for help is the bravest thing to
Why was this an important story
to share with young readers?
We live in days fraught with confusion and peril. Our
children have never been so inundated with conflicting messages
and the demise of social boundaries. Our day demands bravery. I
wanted children to know that they are never too young to have a
voice and that there are times when the bravest things they can
do is to ask for help.
Lizzy the Lioness was inspired by your own "Lizzy," your
You've said that strength and bravery are "particularly
important" concepts to share with your granddaughter. Why?
I love Lizzy's fierce innocence. She is strong and wants
to do everything that her big brother and sister can do. I
didn't want to see this desire to put her at risk. I decided to
fictionalize a story I'd read where a pride of lions rescued a
little girl from her abductors in Ethiopia. I thought it would
be fun to make Lizzy the littlest lion cub and create a fun
story where being little wasn't a detriment to being a hero.
This isn't your first time using the metaphor of a lion to
address the behavior of humans. Why do you return to these regal
Lions can't help but inspire. . . . They are fierce and
nurturing, free and yet intimately connected to their pride
family group. In the wild plain of life, they know who they are,
not to mention, they roar.
I wanted this visual and relational connection made for the readers.
Brave happens in the context of community where the voice
of everyone is heard. I wanted to empower and validate this
connection for children.
While Lizzy the Lioness has a great message for kids, there's
an author's note at the end for parents, teachers and guardians,
with conversation starters for talking to kids about asking for
help. What do you think is the most difficult thing about
with kids about this subject?
And what is the best way to approach it?
I found that my boys wanted to unburden their soul as I
was putting them to bed. I had hoped to make this release happen
when I was wide awake and ready to be wise at 4 p.m. Bedtime was
not my time of choice, so I felt that adding in tools that could
make intentional conversations happen would be helpful when
parents were tired and children were tender.
Also children follow what we model even more than what we say. Somewhere
down the line, adults have thought asking for help is a sign of
weakness rather than a sign of strength. I wanted to sneak in
the message to parents and mentors that it is courageous to ask
for the help they need as well.
So often in children's literature, the youngster at the heart
of the book must navigate tough situations all alone.
Why was it important to encourage kids to turn to the adults in
Whether we feel qualified or not, related adults
(parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and guardians) are their
best guides, not peers. Our vulnerability and experience can go
along way to teaching others from both our mistakes and
To that end, I want to create intentional conversations that located
specific needs so the adults could equip the children with
whatever they needed.
What do you love most about writing?
Writing gives me the ability to mark trails that others
What's next for you?
For now I'm going to keep climbing the trail set before
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