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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

Who is a wise man and endued with knoweldge among you?

Pause Before We Become Bloggers: James 3:13
“Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? Let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom”
James 3:1 says
"My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation."
Charles e. Whisnant

Today anyone and everyone have an opinion about everything. Everyone can become a published author. But not everyone should presume to be a good teacher of truth.

Today we have 24/7 TV, news coverage, sports coverage, 24/7 religious coverage and about every kind of communication. We have instant coverage. We have coverage almost as it is happening. We have instant analysis. We are asked on a regular basis to text in our thoughts on a number of topics. They will say “Tell us what you think!” or “What is on your mind.” Then they say, “At the end of the program we will give you the result of the poll. We are asked in the social media to “Like” what someone else has said. And “Do it now!” We can make “comment” on anyone’s post. We can click on the “publish” button and “send” button and in an instant our comment will be launched out into the Internet space for all to see.

Here is the problem,( we are asked to announce our position on the largest publishing platform ever constructed by humanity, Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, Wordpress, etc. We are asked to publish our personal opinions on anything and everything that happens. And we are asked to do it “now.”) Here is what happens: we answer before we think, we answer before we get all the facts, we answer before any evidence has been presented. We give our opinion before the whole truth is even known. We don’t ask anyone what they might think, we just on a whim give our opinion. You must say publicly your position and you must announce it now.

I am glad Facebook has an X. “Remove post.” Upon further reflection I believe I will remove what I just said. Upon prayer I have to change my comment. Upon looking at Scripture I better delete my comment.

When you push the “Publish” button you become a “teacher” and someone just might believe what you are saying. And you will become accountable for the comments you make as being true or false.

So pause a minute before you push that “publish” button. Or better yet, get your facts correct. Pray about it. How is God going to like your comment?

I am prone to publish before I get Charity to proof read what I am going to publish. Usually that’s a bad idea, right dear. Before I push that “publish” button I need stop and reflect, think, pray, ask, reread, and read James 3:13.

“Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? Let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom”