Debra Collett

Encouragement and Exhortation

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Social Media has changed greatly since it began – and many of us believe it’s been a shift for the worse. While the ease of posting and sharing and the interface has greatly improved, it’s also true that algorithms have created echo chambers and the data mining is INVASIVE! While I don’t see a need to re-invent the wheel, having the perks of asynchronous online communication without a horrific amount of businesses tracking your stuff seems to demand something more old-school and low-tech.  Behold, the discussion boards!

At this point, social media has been around long enough most folks understand the etiquette. them. But each board has its own tolerance levels. Here are the principles. Notice they are principles, not rules. There aren't a lot of them -but that means they are more demanding. It's the spirit of the law, not the letter of the law, that we seek to follow.

1. Stay on the topic of the thread as much as possible. If you need reorganized, I'll do it for you. But obviously 12 posts about your great-aunt Sally's new dentures don't be in a discussion on the word “abide” as used in John 15.

2. No profanity.

3. Respect one another; it is possible to passionately disagree with someone about a subject but still care for them as a person; happens all the time. It's one thing to dissect an idea, but don't do that to a human being. And that also means *you* may need a thicker skin! Sometimes it's hard to separate ourselves from our ideas and pet projects; but that’s a mark of maturity.

4. Keep one another safe, keep the best interests of others' well-being foremost in your mind.

So be good, play nice, don't ramble off-topic, and have fun!

If with heart and soul you’re doing good, do you think you can be stopped? Even if you suffer for it, you’re still better off. Don’t give the opposition a second thought. Through thick and thin, keep your hearts at attention, in adoration before Christ, your Master. Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you’re living the way you are, and always with the utmost courtesy. Keep a clear conscience before God so that when people throw mud at you, none of it will stick. They’ll end up realizing that they’re the ones who need a bath. It’s better to suffer for doing good, if that’s what God wants, than to be punished for doing bad. That’s what Christ did definitively: suffered because of others’ sins, the Righteous One for the unrighteous ones. He went through it all—was put to death and then made alive—to bring us to God.

1 Peter 3:15, The Message Translation by Eugene Peterson



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