I fully appreciate the irony of using a blog post to question our culture’s desire to consume and distribute information instantly. However, I hope to part from the mean as I actually try to think about what I am going to write before I write it. Once again we have front row seats as we watch the promising career of a superstar spiral due poor choices in the use of social media. Pittsburg Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall recently posted some controversial tweets about the death of Osama Bin Laden. He has caused quite a stir and is now starting to lose sponsors.

I’m going to make a generalized statement here; It is extremely hard to convey a cohesive thought in 140 characters…period. Here is another one; Your Facebook profile is incapable of reflecting who you really are. This past week I have been exposed to a higher dosage than usual of social media idiocy. I must admit, I have been called a Facebook poser as I never submit posts, take forever to respond to messages and ignore friend requests the old fashion way (I truly ignore them). Don’t get me wrong, I think social media is amazing, but I also think it can be extremely dangerous when used without common sense.

Rashard fell for the oldest trick in the book when he assumed that just because he makes a million dollars playing football someone actually cares about his socio-political views and conspiracy theories. It is proof positive that just because you can say something doesn’t mean you should. Just this past week I noticed a friend had posted pictures of herself in her underwear on her Facebook wall to show how much weight she had lost on Weight Watchers…brilliant. Between Rashard’s rants and my friend’s expose´, I began to wonder how we should view the rapidly growing idol of instant information through a biblical worldview.

It seems to me this type of deviation lands somewhere between gossip and a lack of humility with a little selfish pride mixed in for good measure. Here are some questions I posed to myself regarding the matter; is it healthy to assume other people really care to hear about every little thing you think and do during a day? What type of fertilizer are we adding to the gardens of our already narcissistic little minds? Really, how many tweets and Facebook posts do you read that are grounded in humility?

Information is good. And good information fast is even better. But there has to be a point when too much information too fast numbs the spirit to thoughtful and wise discourse. Scripture seems to encourage a spirit of discernment when sharing our thoughts and speech with one another. Take 1 Peter 5:5 “In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders, All of you, clothe yourselves in humility toward one another, because ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble’”. Consider Proverbs 12:18 “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Or Ephesians 4:29; “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”. And lastly (and most poignantly) Proverbs 29:20 “Do you see someone who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for them”.

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