Social media, the news, and sites that host decent videos are undeniably packed. This has been their “Golden Age”, indeed. I have always been a pro for freedom of expression, and I generally like the progress of these stuff over the years. Technology has been helpful in countless ways.
On a different note however, there will certainly be a group of individuals who’d tend to abuse such liberty.
This isn’t to blog about the latest “showbiz” issues as to regarding why Celebrity A broke up with Celebrity B, nor is this to scrutinize on our executive and judicial systems. (Though it can be quite tempting, I must admit. Haha!) Instead, this is a call for us to be more responsible about this right of self-expression.
One Saturday morning, my attention was caught by a tagline from a TV network which says “Think Before You Click”. It left me thinking about how we can get so caught up about sending messages over the world-wide-web, and hardly think about its implications. This, too, reminded me of a passage in Scripture that talks much about taming our tongues, and here, James used vivid images as to how our opinions, thoughts, comments, etc. could adversely affect others. This is what it says there:
“For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.
How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.“
— James 3:2-10 ESV
You may be a church-goer or not, but this is some chunk of truth, right? We need to tame our tongues! This means whatever we express verbally, or indirectly over the internet, have corresponding effects. Positive or negative, I do not know. But I hope you’d always strive for the former.
And tonight, I shall close this simple (but serious call) call with a challenge for you to really think before you click and to think before you talk. There’s too much pain and chaos in this world already; so begin making a difference by using your words to build up other people.