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.

About Jason Hardin

Jason lives in central Ohio with his wife Shelly and their three daughters. He works with the Laurel Canyon church of Christ. Jason has written three books and a variety of workbooks. He's a fan of photography, baseball, mountains, wildlife, and coffee. You can contact him here.

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