Before Posting, Is It Wise?
Posted: Saturday, June 30
2 Kings 17:1-18:12
Verse of the Day:
Fools’ words get them into constant quarrels; they are asking for a beating. (Proverbs 18:6)
Something I almost always avoid is the comments section of an article. It doesn’t matter if the article is about politics, movies, leadership, or technology - the comments section is almost always littered with mean words hurled back and forth. It’s always bewildering to me when people who use their real picture and information on social media and then blast others in ways no decent human being would ever talk to someone face to face. I mean, we can see exactly who you are, where you work, what you ate for dinner from the picture you posted, and just about everything else that eliminates any sort of privacy. I guess that’s less cowardly than using a random picture of a sports team or a character as your profile picture, but that tactic of fake images creates even more concealment and often times enables more vulgar conversations.
The Bible always gets it right (of course it does, it comes from the author of life). If you desire to get into an epic verbal battle, all riled up, and feeling frustrated with the current condition of people, then today is your day to post or say something that doesn’t need to be said. The best filter to run what we say or post through should always be, “Is this wise?” 90% of the time, you’ll know right away the answer to that question with every choice you make. 5% of the time you’ll go back and forth on it before coming to a conclusion, and the other 5% of the time you won’t know and will need someone else’s advice.
If you woke up today wanting to get flared up, hot and bothered and send your emotions through the ringer, than foolish words are a sure fire route. Words that speak life, bring legitimate awareness or concern, or share your joy with others is a good rule of thumb in which to speak. Anything else, anything foolish, will always get us into trouble, hurting ourselves and others. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know or cannot see the person on the other side of the computer - they are still a person just as much as you are still a person. Our forms of communication can be difficult to manage, but with the Holy Spirit’s help and wisdom we can live today with joy and wise, life giving words.