Ephesians 4:29 ‘Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.’
Usually I would post something closely related to the weekend sermon, but this week I was overwhelmed by my observation of social media and how it affects all ages.
I remember being on the playground in elementary school, and making a comment about someone (in my sinfulness) that was less than complementary. More often than not, that person would get upset, and respond with the command, ‘take it back!’ Usually, this would also be accompanied with a threat of some sort, and many times I would end up ‘taking it back.’
All of us have had instances of saying something we regret, and wishing we never would have said it. While there definitely are things that get said that we can’t ‘unhear,’ the age of social media has brought in not only having your words hang out for people to hear, but to have your words (and in some cases actions) immortalized and public for all to see. Lately, the things I have seen from adults and teens alike over social media platforms makes me think, ‘they’ll wish they’d never said that someday.’
Let’s help our kids avoid getting into a situation where they’d love to ‘take it back.’ We can give them biblical principles and teach them self-control, and that it’s much better to stay quiet when you’re angry than broadcast it to the globe.
3 Great Questions for posting on social media:
- Where is my heart at right now?
- Am I building others up with this?
- Could this be easily misunderstood?
Let’s be people who are all about giving grace. In action, and in the age of social media, in words
Author: Pastor Keith Knight