Ponder before you Post.

2 Feb

Psalm 12:6 – The words of the LORD are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.

I think that we all have seen how religious and political conversations can turn ugly – sometimes extremely quickly.

I recently saw a friend with a health condition lamenting that she might no longer be able to get insurance.  Within a few hours, a storm erupted around the comment.

facebook from Flickr via WylioThe religious and political fervor was so thick that at one point, a woman (who self-proclaimed her stance upon biblical principles – of course) condemned my friend – expressing how my friend’s mother (who had tragically passed away) would have been disappointed in her daughter’s beliefs.

I read these comments in horror.

I wondered where had empathy gone?  How had human decency disappeared?  I mourned the loss of Christian compassion?

Here is my favorite quote from the article.

We’ve seen why online conversations seem to slide out of control so quickly. It’s because, in real life, social rituals act as dampeners on emotional reactivity. Once you remove dampeners, things get unstable. That’s how social life works.

Read the rest of the article here.

Before you post, prayerfully ponder your words a few times before you hit the submit button.

David - Prof 2Dr. G. David Boyd is the Founder and Managing Director of EA Resources  and the EA Network.

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