…or, at least, I think you should avoid them. Here they are:
1. RE-POSTING URBAN LEGENDS AS FACT.
Marijuana overdoses kill 37 in Colorado! Pope Francis declares all religions are true! The white coating on baby carrots is chlorine and it WILL KILL YOU IF YOU EAT IT! AGGGGHHHHH! Some believers obviously repost these urban legends with little thought by making commentary to “bolster” the fallacious point. The result? Re-posters end up with a jumbo carton of eggs on their faces. The Living Bible translates Proverbs 23:23 as, “Get the facts at any price…” God has charged us to be heralds of truth, not spreaders of inaccurate tidbits. Get acquainted with Snopes or FactCheck and make sure that the story doesn’t have “The Onion” or “Lark News” in small type somewhere.
2. POSTING INCESSANT POLITICAL RANTS.
Sheesh, we get it. You’re an enraged conservative who hates Democrat policies. You’re a left-winger who thinks that anybody with an (R) after his name is directly related to brow-ridged cavemen. I don’t think most folks mind a thoughtful political post or commentary on a social issue from time-to-time. But when most of your posts are flaming the other party or linking to alarmist sites, it makes you look angry, not full of the joy and peace that Jesus gives. Post a cute kitty video every once in a while.
3. NOT PROOFING YOUR WORDS & SENTENCES.
Satan is not “Santa.” While run-on sentences eventually end, they end badly. The beginning of sentences and proper nouns are capitalized. All three of these mistakes were embarrassingly wrapped up in one comment to a Facebook post that I read recently. Everyone pulls a spelling or grammar boner now and then. But a stream of goofy mistakes that a second grader could catch makes Christians look like ignoramuses, which gives non-believers more ammo than they need. Make your old English teacher proud–proof your stuff before you post. Or, at the very least, click your spellcheck button!
I’m talking a blue streak that would make a drunken sailor wash the offender’s mouth out with soap. I can’t believe my eyes when a so-called Christian, disagreeing with another person, lets loose with an artillery barrage of invective. Jesus said, “For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matt 12:34)–and, I might add, the fingers type.
5. SLAPPING UP THOSE “IF YOU’RE A REAL CHRISTIAN, YOU’LL REPOST THIS” POSTS.
I don’t think the Holy Spirit will leave you if you don’t click the “Share” button. But I’m pretty sure trying to put fellow believers on a guilt trip over something so trivial is not a very Christian thing to do.
Any more you want to add?