“Test everything”

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Rejoice always,  pray without ceasing,  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  Do not quench the Spirit.  Do not despise prophecies,  but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-22 ESV

This is a passage that came to mind when I was thinking about some of the things I see Christians sharing on social media. Obviously they do not truly read, test, or research some of the stories they share. Many times they share things just because it looks like it says what they want it to say. So many of the things shared come from pseudo-news outlets that are all about inciting anger and discord. The motivation behind a lot of these sites should make us cautious about their accuracy.

So many of these “stories” that are shared are nothing but propaganda put out by unscrupulous individuals seeking to rile others up with misinformation. When we share these articles and stories we propagate lies and we participate in the evil intentions of others. Not a place we should be willing to go. As Paul said we should hold fast to what is good, and abstain from every form of evil. Social media isn’t evil in and of itself, but it certainly can be hijacked by those with evil intent.

Several times lately I’ve seen folks sharing videos or stories that are supposedly current, but just by looking a little closer I noticed they were at least a couple years old and had nothing to do with current events directly. Those of us that wear the name Christian should be careful not spread lies and rumors. Doing so reflects badly on our Lord and his church.

Its always a good idea to do your research before hitting the share button. I know because I’ve come close to falling for some of these “stories”, which upon further investigation proved to be false. Let’s be a light to the world, rather than helping to lead others into darkness.

© 2015 Leo J. Woodman

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