“Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that you will give grace to those that hear it.” Ephesians 4:29
What a challenging verse! If any of you have recently read the first part of James 3, or simply talked to someone at some point in your life, you realize what a challenge it is to keep unwholesome (literally translated as rotten) talk out of your daily vocabulary. The first half of James 3 goes into some pretty vivid detail on how hard it is to tame the tongue, as do many other verses throughout the Bible, but what about our fingers?
You see it on the news all the time: social media being substituted for real life interactions. Instead of talking, we now have status updating, tweeting, blogging, texting and more. In essence, our fingers have slowly started replacing our tongues in many or most of our discussions. So now that we are using our fingers to dictate our thoughts, why do we not apply these verses to what we type?
Anonymity is dangerous
Studies have shown that due to the anonymity of the internet, people are much more likely to have negative posts. I know in my own life, that it is much more common for my status updates or comments to be more negative. Giving the statistics, I can guarantee most of you reading this are probably in the same moral dilemma. This problem you and I share also tends to prompt others with replies in kind and the cycle continues. But what if we were to change?
I figure that it takes much longer to log in and type a message than to speak one. If this is the case, then it should be easier to tame what we use our fingers to post. So my challenge is this:
Use social media for positive thoughts only
Instead of posting a negative outlook on something that will only upset others, why not post positive thoughts that inspire and uplift others? Starting today, I plan on going through my personal social media sites and removing any negative posts I have made. I know this will probably be involved, but if my “wall” can be used to have a positive impact on those I care about, why not use it that way?
Misery may love company, but the company is better off without misery.