“Our work as God’s servants gets validated—or not—in the details. People are watching us as we stay at our post…” 2 Corinthians 6:9 (The Message Bible)
A while back, I participated in a politically sensitive quiz on Facebook, which I thought was humorous. Later that day, I received a private message reprimanding me for participating in something so offensive. The poster said, “I’m not sure I’d buy an inspirational book written by someone who would ….” My immediate reaction was to wonder how someone could be so forward as to challenge my character because of a political opinion.
In today’s lesson, Paul advises the people of Corinth to be aware that non-believers are watching the new Christians to discredit them for their beliefs. I’ve decided to take Paul’s advice and to discern more carefully what I post on Facebook and other social media. With the ease of short-cut communication tools, it is too easy to write and post before thinking about the repercussions, and at the fast speed of the internet, it is impossible to take any words back.
As a writer, I will occasionally slip up, but it is not my intention to offend my readers and God.
Lord, please sharpen my discerning skills to make you proud of what I write. Amen.