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Jun 14

Biblical Exhortations to Blogs, Tweets and Facebooking

Flee from youthful passions, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. But reject foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they breed quarrels. 2 Timothy 2:22-23, Holman

Or, put another way, based on the original greek, contemporary setting and expanded language:

smtalkRestrain from posting blog entries, tweets, discussion group comments, instagram photos, and facebook updates that bring attention and glory to the sensually-oriented interests of young people.  Instead, post items that encourage readers to pursue a committed godly life of integrity,  trust in God, love those around them, and be content with what God has given them.  This is what people do who have repented of their sin, who are true Christians and have a new, regenerate heart from Jesus.  Reject any blog entries, tweets, discussion group comments, instagram photos, and facebook updates that bring attention and glory to foolish disputes, irrelevant controversies, and debates with people who are uninformed.  Those lead only to useless and unhelpful quarrels, fights, and squabbles.

So here’s the question:  What is the primary topic of discussion in the majority of posts in your social media feed(s)? Items that appeal to youthful sensuality,  foolish squabbles and ignorant debates?  Or righteousness, faith, love, peace, and the pursuit of a godly life with God’s people?

The human heart, blogosphere and related social networks predominantly feed off the former “junk food” posts–hence the tendency of those posts to generate the most traffic.  But those who love God feed off the latter–the less popular, more spiritually healthy fare.

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