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:
Set a guard, O Lord, over my keyboard;
Keep watch over the door of my send button!
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to read, slow to Reply All, slow to click Send.
When blogging is abundant, transgression is not lacking,
But whoever restrains his keyboard is prudent.
There is one whose comments on blogs are like sword thrusts,
But the comments of the wise bring healing.
Don’t follow the Twitter feed of a fool,
For there you do not meet words of knowledge.
A prudent man conceals knowledge,
But the Twitter feed of fools proclaims folly.
Whoever “friends” the wise becomes wise,
But the Facebook-friend of fools will suffer harm.
I also enjoyed these two from the comments section:
A man of many Facebook companions may come to ruin,
but there is a real live friend who sticks closer than a brother.
If you subscribe to RSS Feeds, read only enough for you,
Too many of them, and you will vomit.