What you share online reveals a lot about your thinking. Whether it is angry, passive-aggressive, political, religious, personal, or news-oriented, you’re probably sharing it because you’re thinking about it. Here are 8 questions we all need to ask before we share or post something online.
Paul writes in Philippians 4:8,
Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
If these are the things we should be thinking about, then before hitting the “share” button, we should probably ask ourselves:
1. Is it true?
When we share information that isn’t true, we hurt our credibility. Check it out before you post it. Just because you want it to be true, does not make it true.
2. Is it honorable?
This word can also be translated as “noble” or “dignified.” Anything that has the potential to embarrass you – or embarrass the church – ought not to be posted.
3. Is it just?
This word might also be translated, “righteous” or “right.” Can you post this “by faith” (Romans 14:23), knowing that this is a righteous thing to post? If you’re not sure, don’t post it.
4. Is it pure?
Some of the photos and websites Christians share are absolutely appalling! If it isn’t “G” rated, you probably shouldn’t post it.
5. Is it lovely?
There is far too much “ugliness” going on in the world. Christians certainly don’t need to let their minds dwell on all the ugliness and negativity, much less perpetuate it by sharing words and pictures that are rude and ugly.
6. Is it commendable (admirable)?
Think about the people you’ve admired in your life. Is this something they would share online? More importantly, based on Scripture, can you honestly say the Lord would “commend” you for posting it?
7. Is it excellent?
We live in a busy and distracting world. Many things that pop into our minds or flash across our screens are not helpful, beneficial, or excellent. Don’t waste your time and your energy on these things.
8. Is it praise-worthy?
Is this something you should really be thinking about right now? Is this something for which the Lord would praise you? Would He would say, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” as you share this with your friends and followers?
There is certainly a lot of stuff online that is not worthy of your time and energy. Only let your mind dwell on things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and praise-worthy. If you do, it will be reflected in what you share online.
I love you and God loves you,