Read this today and it challenged me. Wondering what you guys think? Particularly of the last paragraph.
So we need to think about how to post, what to post, and when to post. As Christians, we need to be more prayerful, careful, and biblical about our online presence. After more than five years of blogging—less than that with Twitter and Facebook—and having gleaned lots of wisdom from others and having made lots of mistakes myself, here are ten things to think about before you hit “publish” on your next blog post, status update, comment, or tweet.
1. Is this idea, question, or rant only half baked?
2. Have I considered that anyone anywhere at anytime could see this?
3. Do I really know what I’m talking about?
4. What if I run into this person later today?
5. Will I feel good about this post later?
6. Have I sought the counsel of others?
7. Do I have this person’s phone number?
8. What is my motivation?
9. Have I tried to love my neighbor as I love myself?
10. Have I lost all sense of proportion?
If people took their cues for Christian doctrine and Christian discipleship from reading my posts, tweets, and updates day after day, for years and years, what sort of Christians would they become? What is the dominant mood in my neck of the virtual woods—outrage, belligerence, cynicism? What is constantly being lifted up—the Bible, the glory of God, the cross? Or perhaps this is the best question: Is the real heartbeat of my online presence to promote my Savior or myself?