– by Mary May Larmoyeux –
Not too long ago, a friend made a general Facebook post that caught my attention: “People can’t say anything [on Facebook] without being judged. Sometimes ant hills really are made into Mount Everest.”
She reminded others to be considerate and prayerful and thoughtful. “I’ve done my fair share of offending,” she said, “for that I’m sure. But, honestly most of the time I didn’t mean it the way you took it. In fact, some of the time what you heard was flatly not what I said.”
Then she said that the exceptionally sensitive need not assume the worst in others. “Most people really aren’t trying to slam you. Or convict you. Or make fun of you. Really.”
I think my friend has a point and wonder if it’s time. Time to really consider others more important than ourselves … at home … in the office… on Facebook.
The same old problem
With iPhones and laptops and Facetime, it’s easy to think that 21st century people are far different from the Israelites who followed Moses so long ago. But when we peel back the hearts of today’s men and women, we find the same age-old problem.
The Israelites did not understand the depth of their sin, and neither do we. And this often shows up in our day-to-day relationships and social media conversations.
Is it time for followers of Christ to have a “ten commandments for social Media”? Perhaps some reminders like the following:
1. You shall have no god before me, and this includes technology.
2. You shall not make idols of what others think about you.
3. You shall not take the name of the Lord in vain on your Facebook posts and comments.
4. Honor your brothers and sisters online.
5. Consider how others might perceive your comment, or email, or post. Before pressing “send” or “publish” remember that you can’t take back words or the hurt they cause.
6. Remember to keep yourself holy. Guard what you watch … and hear … and say … and send over the Internet. A picture or thoughtless comment flung into cyberspace today could haunt you tomorrow.
7. You shall not assume the worst of others.
8. You shall not steal another’s reputation.
9. You shall not bear false witness against a child made in the image of God.
10. You shall not covet the latest laptop or iPhone or tablet. Instead you should be content with a “good enough phone” and thankful for what you have.
If Jesus Christ walked the earth today, how would He write His Facebook posts? I think the answer is found in 1 Corinthians 13.
The Bible paraphrase The Message says, “Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than self. … It doesn’t fly of the handle, and doesn’t keep score of the sins of others.”
I think my friend is right. It is time.
Time for you and me to be considerate and prayerful and thoughtful … at home … in the office … and yes, on Facebook.
Copyright © 2014 by Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
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Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart.