Watching what you say and do online


With the popularity of Facebook soaring, I have noticed people becoming very comfortable sharing all sorts of details about their life.  I would caution any Christian to think twice about posting status updates or photos that set a poor example for others.  What type of testimony do you have online?  Do I really need to know you went clubbing, or that you have a slamming headache from drinking too much, or that you took a quiz to find out that your a super stud with the ladies?  My point is that tons of people read your status updates (including your pastor), and that your online influence goes far beyond what you imagine.

I’m upset when I see church members post questionable things that I know our youth and others in the community will read.  And the problem with any social networking site is that you don’t have to worry just about what you say, but what others say about you.  Let me challenge you to use your online presence to set an example for others.  Remember, you influence far more people than you realize.


I am a former design engineer who now pastors Cornerstone Community Church in Galax, Virginia. I'm passionate about following Jesus and I love technology. I've been married to Jennifer for 28 years, and we have three adult children.

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2 Responses

  1. Mike says:

    I'll jump in and start the comments – Macworld had an article today on facebook etiquette – read it at

  2. Kim says:

    Mike, I totally agree with you! I try to be very cautious of the example I set on facebook, especially being a teacher, and being friends with some of my older track athletes. I often feel challenged each time I write my status, and consider what type of impression I will make on others…even if its just expressing a negative emotion/ideas about something. Thank you for opening up dialouge about this!

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