Madison Christian Church

Devotional Feb. 19, 2018

For those of you who are not on Facebook, allow me to let you know what you are missing. You are missing out on a social media outlet where people will spout off some very questionable (putting it politely) opinions. Others will click a “like” button to vote with their support and others may even do a heart thing to show that they love the opinion. Then some will chime in with comments in support.

That doesn’t sound too bad. BUT…there’s more.

Many will get into arguments and it kind of goes like this… “Blah, blah, blah…you’re stupid if you don’t agree with me.” And others will respond, “No – YOU’RE stupid!” The person replying will usually spell it “your” – which can make a fairly sharp and observant person under attack here laugh at the irony of this person calling them stupid.

We live in a time when people can be so mean-spirited and hateful. Christians on Facebook often sound like people of the world. I’ve been guilty of this myself.

One of the ways Christians can stand out is in learning to control our tongues and our fingers as we type.  We are to not be slanderers – the people of this world who do not know Christ are that way. We are to be better than that – not because we are better but because the One who is better is living in us.

Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick.” And yet so many (even Christians) say, “Follow your heart.” Why follow something so deceitful and sick as our hearts? We need to follow Christ and allow Him to change our hearts. And then our words will be much more civil. Jesus said, “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matt. 12:34). If He were here on earth saying this to us today He might add the words, “the mouth speaks and the fingers type”.