Social media is not a new concept. One of social media’s most notable violations is referred to in Scripture recorded as the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9)
When our children were younger (way before cell phones and internet etc.), don’t know who said it first, but I used to tell them, “If lips would keep from slips, five things must be observed: of whom you speak, to whom you speak, how, when and where.” When I was a child (still chipping and carving stone as a form of social media) my dad was not so Politically correct, but meant well when he would say, “David, the whole world knows you’re stupid, open your mouth and confirm it.” Politically correct or not, it is sourced in a biblical passage found in Proverbs 17:28.
More to the point of social media and the dangers therein is the passage of Scripture that says, “In the multitude of words, sin is not lacking . . .” The dangers of misusing social media are exponential when you add pics. Social media in and of itself is not the culprit, its the over exposure of personal information. I don’t have to tell you the trouble associated with the various, nefarious uses of social media, especially by the unsuspecting, uninitiated and over confident.
Another dangerous contributing factor of social media is the immediate nature of posting information. Tweeting, texting, “snapchatting,” “Facetiming,” “Facebooking,” etc., even honest researching can lead to a quagmire of convoluted allegations, accusations and general aggravation. Whether by phone, iPad, computer wrist watch etc. the risks are the same. Social media is just too convenient an instrument for the enemy (Satan) not to use. And I won’t even get into being tracked, monitored, tagged and targeted.
There used to be a rule that one should wait 24 hours before sending a communication. That’s still a good rule. Also remember what one man has rightly said, “I’ve never had to apologize for something I never said.” And no, I haven’t arrived yet. Im preaching to myself more than anyone else. Please be careful.