29th January 2019

Social Media 

“Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.”
Proverbs 18:21 (MSG)

I’m still a novice when it comes to (on-line) social media. However I’m tech-savvy enough to see that there are many desirable benefits. Personally I use Facebook to keep in touch with (a few) friends and family members. I also follow (a few) contributors on Twitter who supply uplifting tweets. Blogs and vlogs provide access to shared interest networks. On-line shopping gives easy access to a wide range of products, and consumer reviews can help in our purchases. Due to space and knowledge limitations I won’t try to mention the many more networks that are available but will just give these Day by Day posts as a positive example of on-line media, with posts being moderated before posting to avoid misleading or hurtful material.

This is ‘preaching to the converted,’ but to get back to the headline scripture, common sense should warn us to be careful and consider that our private communications can become public. King Solomon recognized this when he wrote, “Don’t bad-mouth your leaders, not even under your breath, and don’t abuse your betters, even in the privacy of your home. Loose talk has a way of getting picked up and spread around. Little birds drop the crumbs of your gossip far and wide (Ecclesiastes 10:20). Every day seems to bring examples of public figures being damaged by past posts.

The Bible is full of common sense and offers principles that can be applied to speech and letters (remember them?), and now are equally applicable to our on-line messages, photos and videos:
Be considerate – “Do to others as you would have them do to you” Luke 6:31 (NIV)
Avoid hasty reactions – “… be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” James 1:19 (NIV)
Be discreet – “Discretion will protect you…” Proverbs 2:11 (NIV)
Be kind – “Blessed (inwardly peaceful, spiritually secure, worthy of respect) are the gentle (the kind-hearted, the sweet-spirited, the self-controlled), for they will inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5 (AMP)

Father, you are Love, please remind us to reflect your love in our communications.

Study by Mike Stratton


About the Author:
Mike Stratton is a member of the Norwich Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK and is on the Pastoral Council there.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Norwich
New Hope Christian Centre
Martineau Lane

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Tony Goudie
Phone: 01508 498165
Mobile: 07931 580409
Email: tony_goudie@wcg.org.uk

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