Monday, January 11, 2021

Social Media - I Shall Consider It

"I shall consider it."

In the increasingly fractured information maelstrom to which we seem inevitably consigned, I have two recommendations for Christian disciples as they interact with information:

1. Assess information from a variety of alternative sources with different perspectives in order to make well-reasoned inferences to approach the truth of some current event. We should afford people the liberty to share what they find with one another, to discuss it, and to consider one another's opinions alongside what scripture has to say on the matter (Proverbs 11:14), so that they may, "Prove all things: hold fast that which is good." (I Thessalonians 5:21). This may take some time given the sheer volume of information that surrounds us and the inconsistent or unreliable nature of many sources. 

2. Temper any zealous urge to quickly declare a new discovery"good." To credibly endorse something as "good" requires some measure of due diligence on our part to ensure we're not putting our stamp of approval on milk that's well past its expiration date and, worse still, offering it to others for a hearty swig. I've seen people reverse Paul's admonition to the Thessalonians by insisting, "Here's something GOOD!" long before they've proven any such thing. When encountering some idea on social media we should mimic Spock's measured response to Kirk in Mirror, Mirror: "I shall consider it." 

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