King Solomon on Social Media

Recently I stumbled across Tim Challies’ post on using social media in light of King Solomon’s wisdom found in the book of Proverbs. I thought I’d share some of it with you because I know you’re involved in social media. At a minimum, many of you post comments on this blog, which hundreds of other people read. 

 
Even if you don’t use social media, you interact with people directly using approximately 20,000 words per day . . . if you’re an “average woman,” that is.  
 
By the way, did I tell you that Tim Challies will be LIVE blogging the True Woman Conference beginning tomorrow on Challies.com? Jeff Robinson with The Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, as well as several women from Sisters In Service, will also be blogging about the conference on their websites.  
 
With all these other bloggers, don’t forget us! We’d love to have you follow along right here. I’ve invited several other True Woman bloggers to join me this weekend so that you can “experience” each main conference message during this final True Woman ’10 Conference weekend. 
 
Whew! That means that a whole lot of words are going to be posted. Which brings me back to the main point of this post . . . enjoy these excerpts from Tim Challies’ “Solomon on Social Media”: 
 
There are many who doubt or downplay the relevance of the Old Testament to our times. Those people have probably never taken the time to read the book of Proverbs. I read from Proverbs almost every day and I am continually amazed at just how relevant this book is. It seems that wisdom is timeless. The lessons David taught Solomon speak to myself and my children as much as they did to the men and women of ancient Israel. The wisdom of God given to Solomon continues to ring loud and clear in my heart.
 
If Solomon were alive today and we were to ask him how we are to relate to one another in this digital world, if we were to ask him how we can honor God in our use of all these social media available to us today, here is how he might respond.
 
Count to ten before posting, sharing, sending, submitting.
“Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him (29:20).” How many arguments could be avoided and how many relationships saved if people were only a little less hasty with their words? Before posting an article or before replying to a Facebook status, it is always (always!) a good idea to re-read what you have written and consider if your words accurately express your feelings and if expressing such feelings is necessary and edifying. And while I’m on the topic, a spell-check doesn’t hurt either.
 
Avoid the gossiper.
“The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body (29:22).” There are many web sites, blogs and Twitter accounts dedicated almost entirely to gossip, to sharing what is dishonorable rather than what is noble. Avoid these people and their gossip!
 
Mind your own business.
“Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears (26:17).” If you have ever grabbed a dog by the ears you know it will inevitably bring trouble. Grabbing a strange dog by the ears will bring even more trouble. Stay out of other people’s fights rather than wading into them as if they are your own. There may be times to wade into a theological dispute or to try to mediate a disagreement in the blogosphere, but wisdom would usually tell you to mind your own business.
 
Examine why you write.
“A continual dripping on a rainy day and a quarrelsome wife are alike (27:14).” The proverb speaks of a quarrelsome wife, but it could as easily apply to anyone. If you are writing merely to be quarrelsome or because you enjoy an argument, perhaps it is best to find something else to do. “As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.” Do not be the kind of person who kindles strife for his own enjoyment.
 
Be careful what you teach.
“Whoever misleads the upright into an evil way will fall into his own pit, and the blameless will have a godly inheritance (28:10).” Those who choose to teach others accept a grave responsibility; if they mislead others, they must expect that there will be consequences. Be careful what you teach, what you share, what beliefs you express. Remember that your words are public and that they may remain available forever.
Read the rest of Tim and Solomon’s advice on how to wisely use social media here (seven more points). Which piece of advice do you most need to take to heart and begin to practice in your interactions--both in person, and on social media?

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Paula Marsteller

Paula Marsteller

Paula has served with Revive Our Hearts for thirteen years. She is the author of Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl: On Her Journey from Neediness to Freedom. There's nothing she loves to share more than the gospel-centered truths that have so transformed her own life: what it means on a daily basis to be "dead to sin, alive to God, and in Christ Jesus." Paula, Trevor, and their son, Iren, make their home in New York.

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