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Tract: The Sins of Facebook
Gossip and Facebook
Facebook problems for Christians
The Sins of Facebook
Original article written by David Cox
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1Tim 5:13 And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.
Let's face it, gossip is sin. God has prohibited us from getting involved in other people's lives for the sole purpose of “just knowing about others” (curiosity). Social networking's purpose is exactly this, gossip.
Even though the title of this tract is “Facebook”, we are really speaking about any and all social networks. It is not a sin to have a Facebook account, but depending on how you use it, it can quickly become sinful.
Facebook is a bad investment of your time
Col 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
Eph 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
If we evaluate the time, energy, and effort that we spend on Facebook, versus what we spiritually benefit from it for eternity, we find that Facebook gives us no benefits and wastes our time.
Prov 14:23 In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury (poverty).
We should admit that there are many “better things” to be doing rather than spending our time on social networks. Facebook (Social media in general) has become a god in so many people's lives that it is pitiful. Work to financially support ourselves is commended, and if your Facebook activity is basically for that, then I am not condemning that.
But 1Tim 5:13 condemns widows that spent a large of time just to pass on gossip. Gossipping is to spend your life telling or listening to "things which they ought not". There is a lot of things we talk about that we should. It is a disrespect of other people's lives. Also God condemns this activity of gossip.
Another issue is the time and dedication it demands of you. So many people live with a Facebook page open and before them. This takes the place of reading your Bible, Bible study, and prayer. Facebook (social media) has become your God!
To fix this, it is best to limit your time to at least half of what you spend with God (really you should question why you are even letting this compete with God!).
Envy and Gossip
Facebook tends to the sins of Envy and Gossip
Lev 19:16 Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I am the LORD.
Gossipping is to tell others about yourself or some other person. Paul mentioned that there was information (even about yourself) which should not be shared (1Tim 5:13).
Prov 11:13 A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
A gossip (according to Scripture) is somebody who "discovers secrets". This is exactly the purpose of social networks and social media. Many times people gossip about themselves to cause envy among their peers and enemies (even friends). Why? This is sin.
A lot of people also tell secrets on other people, which is an invasion of their privacy. If those people want that information to be public, let them tell it. This "telling" usually comes with a slant or point of view of envy or condemnation. It is just to multiple these sins by the hundreds or thousands that read your facebook page.
The solution here is to be "prudent" or refrain from activity, conduct, or speech that could lead into sin, or is sin.
Gossip is Sin
Fighting against Envy
Envy is the sin of seeing and observing another's life to desire their popularity, their abilities, their possessions or experiences, etc. Envy is the sin of wanting what is the life of another person. It is based in a discontentment with what life God has given you, what you have made of your own life. Envy is caused by people because they want others to look up to them, and they want to be "in the limelight"
Rom 13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
God prohibits us inordinate desires or excessive carnal desires, sexual, or sensual (great experiences, excesses of luxury or riches). God also prohibits us from carnal delights, sexual or just excesses of luxury or extremes.
The solution for this is to live simply and enjoy and be content with that. Don't look on others to desire what they have.
The Loose Tongue
Prov 13:3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
Matt 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
The purpose of social media is "let people say what they want to say." The Bible presents the loose and unrestrained flow talk of foolish people as highly bad, and wrong. Without prudence (that restraint that keeps you from "just saying whatever you want", you will sin, and cause that sin to multiple as it spins through social media, like gossip from person to person.
According to the Bible, people who just talk too much bring condemnation on themselves. To be "choice with your words" is to keep you from harm and God's displeasure. For many people, they don't think much about God, but they should. Prov 10:19 In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise. Wisdom is to refrain from a lot of “loose talk”.
Prudence is the virtue of acting in a just, adequate way, which caution. Wikipedia.org defines prudence as “acting in respect of the feelings, life, and liberties of other people... to act with caution to avoid possible damage or conflict with others.“
Prov 30:32 If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, lay thine hand upon thy mouth.
So to sum up, don't talk so much. What you do say, be prudent and say as few words as possible. Take much care that your words are not directed at somebody else to do them harm somehow, and that they are not exalting your own person, or anything yours (your family, your business, your school, your church, etc.)
Prov 29:20 Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him. Jas 1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
Think before you speak, and in eternity, you will not regret it.
Prov 18:2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.
Prov 21:23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
Think twice before blindly filling the Internet with foolishness.
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