Socialsponcibility

Love SMI enjoy Social Media; like sincerely enjoy using its benefits! I take great pleasure in using it to build great businesses, sharing wonderful acts of kindness, researching, gaining knowledge, support local efforts to strengthen our community, connecting with family out of state, finding adventures, sharing memories and looking back at how far we have come.  These are just a few things I enjoy about Social Media.

By enjoying its benefits, I am not blind to its dark side that many of my dearest friends have fallen prey to.  Society in general, is hiding behind its anonymity, speaking out when casting stonetraditionally if they were face to face they would not use terms or language that they can now quickly type into posts and becoming more vocal spewing emotion without in most cases knowledge or care of discerning all the facts.  If someone wronged us or did something we disliked in the past there was a cooling off time frame that happened as it might be a week or two before we saw that person again.  Emotions leveled out and for the most part, the situation that we first had an emotional explosion over turned out to not be so bad… Yes, occasionally it happens that a truly heinous action is deserving of a justified punishment.  But this is where the online world of Social Media has given the assumption of power as judge and jury to anyone with an email address.

“A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.” {Ecclesiastes 3:5}

We have real problems my fellow Netizen’s (Definition: global society embodied in the Internet), ones that we should focus more of our precious time on rather than going down the dark path of malicious responses and judgmental word vomit. You have it in you to pull your fingers away from the keyboard, take a few cleansing breaths and ask yourself:

  • Will my response fix this situation or escalate the issue?
  • Is my time served wisely by responding or interacting with this ‘post’?
  • Do my goals for being on Social Media align with what I am doing?
  • Do I have all the facts before commenting? (again before responding will my comment help or hurt the situation)
  • What is the purpose of my action? “A fool does not delight in understanding, But only in revealing his own mind.” {Proverbs 18:2}
  • How would I want to respond if this was someone or something close to me? (put yourself in their shoes)
  • Will my response cause regret later?
  • If I respond am I willing to back up my statement with action?
  • Would I say what I am posting (honestly) if the person was standing in front of me?
  • AM I FREE FROM BLAME? {Would you want your sins judged on Social Media}

casting stoneWhen using Social Media we have an obligation for ourselves, our families, and future generations to set a precedence of ‘Socialsponsibility‘.  Of thinking instead of allowing the screen of our computer to act as a false barrier permitting reactionary responses without the threat of repercussions or seeing the hurt in the eyes of who it is directed at.  Remember, we have it in us to turn the tide of hate with a simple positive action.

Walk away from joining the spirit-sapping scourge that is rapidly manifesting in our world through online and media drama actions attempting to sell us into the dark side.  If you have to cast a stone do it with friends across a smooth surface of water amidst the laughter of cheerful hearts. Blessed are those

Obviously your choice, feed fuel to the fire of hate by giving into the moment and our unbridled emotions…or chose greatness. Therefore do not be partakers with them; for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light… {Ephesians 5:7-14}

K.Kirkland~

But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; {1 Peter 2:9}