Saturday, June 22, 2024

Ponder Before You Post


Social media

By Dr. Kenneth Kuykendall

According to a new study from Loyola University, social networks like Facebook and Twitter are cited in 1 out of 5 divorces. Facebook is now the #1 destination for evidence that can be used against you in a court of law. With one click of the mouse the entire world can learn where you are, who you are with, what you are doing, and what kind of mood you are in.

     These social outlets, like anything else, can be a great resource for staying connected, however, if not properly monitored, they can also be used to air dirty (and may I add stinky) laundry. We have all seen the unnecessary comments and remarks from people who are disgruntled about whatever circumstance they are facing.

    People who claim to be Christians must go above and beyond the call of duty to protect themselves. Above that, we as believers must take into great consideration how our testimonies are affected through careless and thoughtless words on a computer screen. In one remark or reply homes can be destroyed, friendships can be severed, churches can be divided, and lives can be changed. Before you Post…Ponder. Before you Click….Consider. Before you Reply….Reflect.

    I believe we should filter our thoughts and responses before we post, not only because the world can see, but also because our Heavenly Father sees as well. Have you ever thought that God is on Facebook too? Here are a few points to ponder before you post:

  • Will this bring a reproach upon the Lord Jesus Christ? My family? My church? My testimony?
  • Am I posting this out of anger and frustration?
  • What is the intent and motivation behind what I am going to say?
  • Are any of my words, language, and vocabulary questionable?
  • Will this in any way hurt someone’s feelings?
  • Can this be taken out of context?
  • Most importantly, will this bring honor to the Lord Jesus Christ?

by Dr. Kenneth Kuykendall

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