“Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place” (Psalm 51:6).
Isn’t it easy to push that “send” button on your computer? Isn’t it easy to post a comment on a social network? Isn’t it easy to type in extra qualifications on that all-so-important business network?
I know. I have been utilizing the computer for years. But, five years ago, I learned a valuable lesson about pushing that “send” button so quickly: “My lips will not speak wickedness, and my tongue will utter no deceit” (Job 27:4).
Obviously Job became aware of things that could spew out of mouths. He didn’t have the luxury of our technological world where all we have to do is type something and hit “send.” The information soars through the universe in seconds, ending up in view of friends, family members, neighbors, business associates and sometimes a multitude of others whom we do not even know.
Is the information true and honest? Several years ago, I received an email regarding a personal situation in my workplace. I received the email from a co-worker whom I thought would in no way send out anything dishonest. She asked that I forward it on to my co-workers. I read the information and passed it on, by hitting “send.” The email was not true. It was misinformation, but due to our computer speed, the rumor spread within seconds around our office. I felt embarrassed and, more than anything, dishonest. I didn’t verify the information I sent out and a co-worker’s feelings were deeply hurt.
We love our computers and the work, wonders and communication they provide. But it is so important for all of us to be certain the information we send is true, honest and correct.
Otherwise, we might end up hurting others and be guilty of spreading false information. The next time you hit “send” or post anything on the networks that are available, read it over. Make sure it is correct. As Christians, we have an awesome responsibility in being just as technologically trustworthy as we should be in person or in the house of the Lord.
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much” (Luke 16:10).
Ginger Peters is a freelance writer who resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
- Do you regularly think about the impact of your email or social media use?
- In what ways do you see other people not thinking before hitting “send”?
- Should you confront friends or family members about their misuse of electronic communication, and if so, what are positive ways to confront them?