On Welfare and Christianity: Our duty – Part 3

This is part three of three. The first post talked about the issue, the second about the Gospel.

I’m afraid I’m not going to write this post anymore. I think I’ve left it too long. So, to conclude the others, I’ll leave you with this post, which I encourage you to read and consider:

“Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” (Prov. 12:18 NIV) I read a lot of ‘reckless words’ on Facebook – from Christians, I mean. A spouse will post something that may seem innocent on one level, but in actuality can’t help but embarrass their partner. A church member will gossip about a situation, using inflammatory language that simultaneously indicates they do not have a firm grasp on the actual facts, and, perhaps most common of all, personally insulting attacks on political leaders of the opposite party and perspective (defying Paul’s teaching in Titus 3:1-4).

It is bad enough when you gossip or slander or lie in a room or a hallway or at a restaurant table with only another person or two around, but with a medium like Facebook these sins of speech go global. And make no mistake, that’s just what they are – sins of “speech” – even if the speech takes the form of a Facebook update, a blogpost or a ‘tweet.’

Think and pray on speaking with loving grace, people. God knows we need help. He will help you to change.

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3 thoughts on “On Welfare and Christianity: Our duty – Part 3

  1. Amen! Just because you gossip over social media rather than face to face doesn’t change the fact that it is still a sin. All of the different forms of communication we have today from texting, Facebook, Twitter, etc make talking to someone seem somewhat detached, making it easier to say things we would never say face to face.

  2. Dave Pitt says:

    Thanks Gabby. Great minds must think alike! I’m about to (hopefully soon) do a short spot at church about sins of speech – and with facebook being right up there.

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