In light of Prince Harry’s recent nude debacle in Vegas (and no, I am not including a link to the photos), it got me thinking about the Internet and social media (and in Harry’s case, cellphone cameras) and how they appear to be fulfilling Jesus’ words: “For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.” (Luke 12:2-3)
The Internet has supplied us for years with countless gossip about the rich and famous, but until recently this didn’t really apply to the everyman; until the introduction of Twitter, Facebook and other social media. Now we can all have our sins proclaimed upon the housetops, whether by ourselves, or by others.
And it’s not just the exploits of family, friends and acquaintances–including scantily clad bodies, or wild, drunken parties–that are proclaimed on social media sites. We all proclaim our sins and weaknesses in some way or another. It may be a snarky comment on a friend’s post (thou shalt not judge), or sharing your latest accomplishment or high-priced purchase (beware of pride), a rant about a co-worker (love thy neighbor), or bad language (swear not at all). See Matthew 5
We are all guilty. We all do it in some way or another. But social media and the Internet can be used as a new schoolmaster to remind us to “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)