This past week on FaceBook, I’ve read posts in which a person threatened to “punch their boss in the face” and in the same post wrote the name of the place where they worked!
I’ve also read someone’s post who admitted that they had willingly done damage to a vehicle after getting angry with the vehicle’s owner. They even wrote the name of the store where this crime took place and admitted guilt!
I read another post where the writer (who is a Christian) admitted that they were going to ‘get very drunk, get into a fight that would land someone in the hospital, and themselves in jail’. The post was ‘peppered’ with swear words that even ‘non-Christians’ don’t use on FaceBook.
I’ve seen cartoons and photos and ‘humor’ posted (again) by Christians that would bring us great embarrassment if they were put up on the overhead screen at church during worship; especially if our name was attached to them.
And, I would like to tell you that what I saw others had posted were by not only those who sit in the pews. I read posts by pastors admitting drinking wine, beer, and strong alcohol...not just ‘tasting’, but in excess! And, admitting that that was what ‘they were looking forward to do after a long week of hard work”
Wow, what were they thinking! Do they not think that people read their posts?
The Apostle Paul wrote;
“And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.” (Ephesians 5:2-4 NKJV)
Hey Christian FaceBook users; we need discernment! Discernment is one of the most important qualities to develop in life.
Discernment is the quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is not clearly seen or easily distinguished. It means to have keen perception or judgment, the faculty of discerning; discrimination; acuteness of judgment and understanding. the act or an instance of discerning.
The writer of Proverbs in the Bible tells us to: “…incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding." and to "cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures” (Proverbs 2:2-4 NKJV).
He also tells us that “Folly is joy to him who is destitute of discernment, but a man of understanding walks uprightly.” (Proverbs 15:21 NKJV)
My dear friends; STOP BEFORE you write or post on FaceBook. We are responsible for what we say. Jesus, our Lord and Savior told us:
“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matthew 12:35-37 NKJV)