Pastor's Corner

28 Sep
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Mid-Week Challenge

Mid-Week Challenge

 Have you ever wondered how we communicated with each other before the days of social media? How did we express our opinions and how did people know if their ideas were liked or not?  Thanks to social media we live in a world where our ideas can be shared around the world in a matter of seconds.  We can express our pleasure or dissatisfaction on any subject by typing a few letters and hitting the send button.  As great as this ease of communication has been it has also given rise to a segment of people who use it to spread a message of hate and violence.  We especially see this during the present political season.  So what are we to do with this great tool and how are we to respond to those who misuse this power?  I like the advice of Natalie Walker at Relevant Magazine online who wrote a post titled “Why I Stay Silent on Important Issues Online.”  http://www.relevantmagazine.com/life/why-i-stay-silent-important-issues-online

It is too easy to misread or misinterpret someone’s post, especially on a controversial subject. Walker writes, “Despite our best intentions to share convictions that we hold deeply, a post written in the heat of emotion may come across as judgmental towards the people who know us, love us and are already grieving the hurts of the world right alongside us.”  As Christians, the Bible tells us to watch what we say.  Ephesians 4:29 tells us : “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

Words hold great power, spoken or written.  Because of that we need to take the advice of Uncle Ben to young Peter Parker:  “With great power comes great responsibility!” Or maybe just remember the words of your momma: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

This week, avoid the temptation to wade too deeply into the waters of worldly dialogue.  Protect yourself and your witness by thinking twice before hitting that send button!

“Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone” Colossians 4:6

Serving the Savior 

Bro. Jonathan

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