“Oh my gosh. Why is everyone so over reacting?!! All I said was…”
Devastating fires start with one spark.
One careless or insensitive remark is the same as one small spark that destroys thousands and thousands of acres.
One sentence has caused wars.
One group of phonetically sounded syllables has caused riots to begin and lives to be lost.
One rumor repeated, and lives begin to topple like a California forest during a drought stricken fire.
We thought no one would repeat it.
We thought that Facebook was a confidential and private source of shared information.
We thought that email never gets forwarded.
Ever hit “send email” and it is at that instant that you realize you sent that email to the person who you were complaining about in the email?
I have done that only once.
Fortunately, through a series of follow-up, basically misrepresentations, also known as lies, I was able to minimize the damage.
But the lies would not have been necessary, if I had not written the negative comments in the first place.
So then I was convicted by the lies but the source of the lies, my words.
Words texted, tweeted or sent with any other manner of social media have consequences.
“And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is full of wickedness, and poisons every part of the body. And the tongue is set on fire by hell itself and can turn our whole lives into a blazing flame of destruction and disaster.” James 3:6 (TLB)