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Be careful, little fingers
by Kevin Mackey
Aug 06, 2013 | 643 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
We used to sing a song as kids at vacation Bible school. It went, “Be careful little eyes what you see, be careful little hands what you do, be careful little ears what you hear... etc.” We need to add another verse, “Be careful grown-up Facebookers what you pass on.”

I am amazed how many pass on (“share” and “like”) pictures with neat sayings, even religious ones, that use language in the name of the source, they themselves would never use. Forgive me if I don’t give you a full list of those words, but I hope you understand.

When you come across a nifty saying on Facebook, and as you run your mouse down to hit “like” or worse “share,” stop a second and look at the line right at the top of the post in blue. It generally begins with John Doe shared ?????????? photo with the question marks being the original source of the photo. Those sources often have vulgar words as part of the site’s name and some have offensive titles.

As people that claim Christ as master (also known as “Christians”), is the “message of the photo” worth offending God to re-post? The term for a female dog is common, and they get much worse. All I am asking is that you read it BEFORE you click “like” or “share.” It would seem to me that only makes sense.

I shared those first four paragraphs on our Facebook page on July 8. (You can find us on Facebook by searching on it for “Three Rivers church of Christ”). Quickly, people began indicating they had experiences with just such posts, having liked and shared things and only afterwards looking to see an offensive source name for the post. A couple of weeks later we had a member notice the same thing in something they had liked. At times we all are guilty at being too quick to give our approval. We must “be careful” and in the Internet world we must be even more careful as people we don’t know well form their opinions of us only by what we post from time to time, and “like” and “share” in social media.

One response I had to the article stated that I needed to do “more research” as it is man that labels words to be vulgar, not God and not the Bible. That is incorrect.

Common to the source line in many re-posts is the vain (empty/without value) use of “God,” many times in a “texting” form. I would assume that any one that claims Christ is aware of God’s instructions on that, beginning with the Exodus 20:7 instruction under the Law of Moses. “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.”

I suggested that they add Ephesians 5:3-4 to their “research.” — “But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.” Yes, man determines some words to be “vulgar,” which by the way comes from a Latin word that means “common” or “base,” but God, and His word does speak to the subject as well. We need to “be careful” with our fingers, just as we are with our mouths, not to use such words.
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