Should I post this on Facebook ?
I have really enjoyed being on Facebook for the mere fact of having a tool that I can stay in touch with friends who I don’t have daily or regular contact with. I love hearing the good news of new babies, basic updates of how friends are, knowing how I should pray for others and seeing recent pics of friends and family.
Personally I have loved to have a place to share our own prayer needs as a family. So there are definite pluses to Facebook….BUT I think that at times we become easily misguided when it comes to discerning what we should post or not post. I admit it here, with my hand held high… I have been guilty of posting things that should have stayed in my brain. Here are some statuses you may have read before or posted yourself:
- defame another person
- try to cause guilt/shame feelings
- spew negativity about a place, person or situation
Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
“When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise. ”
“A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his tongue. A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.”
Social media is a great tool when used to build up, encourage and build bridges but it can also be used to
- tear down people/relationships
- gossip about others
- build ourselves up and be prideful
- discredit others
- Is this post gossip?
- Is it building up or tearing down someone else?
- Am I trying to lay a guilt trip on someone by posting this?
- Am I being threatening or judgmental about someone?
In writing this blog post my goal is to give you some food for thought. I think being conscious of what our Facebook statuses communicate is a good thing and hopefully will make our Facebook pages a more pleasant place to visit! Let me know in the comments what you like or don’t like about Facebook/Facebook statuses!