Wise Restraint in the Digital Age

Josh Harris has adapted several verses of Scripture to press the important point of thinking before we speak, even via e-mail or Twitter.   Here’s an excerpt:

This reminded me of James 1:19 that encourages us to be “slow to speak” in our conversations.   It got me thinking how certain passages of Scripture (with a few added phrases for our electronic forms of communication), could be useful to inform our e-mailing, blogging, Tweeting and Facebooking.   A few suggestions with new words in italics:

Psalm 141:3
Set a guard, O Lord, over my keyboard;
Keep watch over the door of my send button!

James 1:19
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to read, slow to Reply All, slow to click Send.

Proverbs 10:19
When blogging is abundant, transgression is not lacking,
But whoever restrains his keyboard is prudent.

Proverbs 12:18
There is one whose comments on blogs are like sword thrusts,
But the comments of the wise bring healing.

Proverbs 14:7
Don’t follow the Twitter feed of a fool,
For there you do not meet words of knowledge.

Proverbs 12:23
A prudent man conceals knowledge,
But the Twitter feed of fools proclaims folly.

Proverbs 13:20
Whoever “friends” the wise becomes wise,
But the Facebook-friend of fools will suffer harm.

I also enjoyed these two from the comments section:

Proverbs 18:24
A man of many Facebook companions may come to ruin,
but there is a real live friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Proverbs 25:16
If you subscribe to RSS Feeds, read only enough for you,
Too many of them, and you will vomit.

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