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Watch What you Say

Posted by Aaron Tripp on

Social media is an incredible tool that allows people to connect with others all over the world. In the right hands, Facebook can allow individuals to stay in contact and make others smile. IN the wrong hands, Facebook can hurt people and depress others with the sheer amount of negativity that seems to thrive on this platform.

Negativity thrives because that is what our culture demands. We want negative stories about opposing politicians and we love a negative story about someone we don’t like. Therefore, it’s no wonder that in a lost and dying world, Facebook can do more harm than good.

Why am I writing this? Because lately I have seen an uptick in negative posts and inappropriate posts. When someone is angry and wants to send an email, I tell them to wait 24 hours before they send it. I have a similar rule with Facebook posts: when you want to post something, wait an hour. Ask yourself if it might cause others to stumble or hurt their feelings.

James tells us in James 3:5b–12:

How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind,but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.

Let us therefore be careful what we post and ask ourselves: “Does this post further the Kingdom of God?”

Colossians 4:6: “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”

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