- – In April, liberal blogger outrage forced the resignation of the CEO of Mozilla for a private political donation he made.
- – In March, a disgruntled alumni of PCC made as yet un-substatiated claims of sexual abuse cover-up. The claims went viral
- – Last year, Mark Driscoll caused outrage with a twitter / gate crash stunt at the Strange Fire conference. He has now gone on a social media fast
It is not my intention to comment on the specifics of above cases, (there is enough of that on the net already). My intention is to ask us to think when is it appropriate to publish online? With micro-blogging from mobiles being the most common form of publication, it is to be expected that we publish before we think.
However, for the Christian, this should not be. Proverbs instructs us that we should be slow to speak and slow to anger. I am not saying there is not a time for speaking publicly through online means, but those times should be used wisely. It’s a bit like drinking alcohol. When it is used without control, it is dangerous to both the consumer and those in their vicinity.
As a society, we seem drunk on trending controversy and social media power. As individuals we can get our 15 minutes of fame within 15 minutes if we create a spark with a blog, post or tweet.
But what is our motive in publishing? It is to cause shame or bring us fame?
We should ask ourselves are series of questions before we publish? Who are we trying to reach when we publish? Is an open and public forum the best way to communicate this topic to my desired audience? If I name people in my post, will I be ashamed when and if I meet then face to face?
Like all our communication, blogging for the glory of God is a skill. I dare say it is a skill that is not widely possessed. I would like to encourage all of us to deliberately think about how and when and what we post?