Facebook Needs A Conscience Filter

This past week, I've hated my facebook news feed. With the death of Osama bin Laden, everyone has had something to say. But this recent spike in current events isn't the only time facebook and other social networks have gotten foul-mouthed, opinionated, and offensive. It happens a lot. The wrong person gets kicked off American Idol (which I don't even watch), a nation suffers a natural disaster (including our own), that woman you met once at the park starts adamantly protesting against (fill in the blank here), or someone simply just woke up on the wrong side of the bed. All give reasons for people to write and post without a second thought. Sometimes, it sparks a heated debate among your friends, or those random people you knew way-back-when. Sometimes, you wake up the next day and burn with embarrassment...did you really just post that?

So, my solution is this: Facebook and Twitter need a conscience filter. You may still choose what you want to write, but it will fire a series of questions at you before you post any questionable status update. For instance:

1. Do you really want your parents to read that?
2. Have you any idea that those words may deeply wound a great deal of your friends?
3. Do you understand that you sound a tad-bit racist by saying that?
4. Should your friends really know THAT much personal information about you?
5. Does this reflect your faith in a good light?
6. After she read this, will your grandma smack you upside your head next time she sees you?
7. Does EVERYONE need to see THAT picture?
8. Are you belittling others with this post, just because you HAVE to let the world know how you feel on this issue?
9. Do you realize that you sound like a pompous donkey's backside right now?
10. It's a wonder you have any friends on here to begin with!

Really, just because it is so easy to fire off a status in under 60 seconds, does not mean we necessarily should. In the long run, you might wish you had invested in a time machine so you could go back to 20 minutes ago when you called that lady sitting next to you in the church pew, a big ole' ninny. ;) Or something worse.

"Watch the way you talk (or, in our case...type). Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift. Don't grieve God. Don't break His heart. " Ephesians 4:29-30 (Message)

"Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, profane talk. Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you." Ephesians 4:32



  1. I can't agree more! So many times I'm embarrassed for people on FB and Twitter. Some of it truly makes me cringe. :(

  2. SOOO agree! I have been guilty of it, and have been aggravated by others who post stuff. I have been very tempted to cancel my account several times, but have found so many old and new friends on facebook. It has been a huge lesson in self-control, and also to think about the God I am representing when I post stuff.

  3. Well said, Gia! I just saw a headline 5 minutes ago of an NFL player who got in trouble/or fired over some Tweets he made. It can damage a reputation and a career. Those extra few seconds to evaluate are wise, indeed!

  4. I'm the queen of telling just how I feel about something...especially when I am hurting. But holding positions within the church has really caused me to be extremely careful with what I type in my status, what pictures I post, and what videos/music I endorse. I will never please everyone, but I do not need to make it easy to offend anyone, either. The anonymity of the internet has always made it easy for us to say things we wouldn't otherwise say, but on FB, people forget the anonymity no longer exists. :)

  5. Of course you do, Jack. :) But you can't argue with too much with what scripture has asked us to do.