Lord's Day Liturgy

Be Careful Little Thumbs

In the last exhortation I urged you to consider what you consume, especially as relates to digital soulcrap. Today I exhort you to consider what you share, as well as for parents in particular to pay attention to what your offspring share.

Solomon gave timeless wisdom that applies to all modern social timelines:

Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise,
when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.

Proverbs 17:28

A different though not inspired angle on the proverb is: it is better not to open your mouth and have others think you a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.

And so some reminders:

Foolish, even sinful, thoughts are not good, but when made public they have extra consequences. Every thought does need to be taken captive (2 Corinthians 10:5), most of them should not be let out.

Thoughts, and for goodness sake, pictures/selfies and videos/“velfies” that someone is willing to make public are likely not as bad as what’s being thought and done not posted. If the smoke is skanky, look for the burning pile.

An anonymous account could be chosen out of wisdom, an account hidden from parents could not be. To “sneak” on social media is a fool’s venture; be sure your posts will find you out (see also Numbers 32:23).

Not as public, at least not as instantly, but DMs along with texting and messaging apps can become someone else’s posts through screenshots in as few as five clicks. Be careful little thumbs what you send.

Let there be more conversations between parents and kids when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way, by all means. And also outside of that context let there be much more closing of lips and force quitting of apps.