Sharing

I admit it. It’s happened to me.

I see something on Facebook that is exciting, or makes me angry, and I share it…only to find out later that it was false. Some stories you can check out at truthorfiction.com, others you cannot.

When Brian Banks was charged with rape, I’m sure many shared it: his classmates, people who lived in the same town, and others who just thought they were being concerned citizens.

They did not mean to harm him personally, they may have shared it to bring attention to the problem and how it is happening in “our own back yard.”

But years later the truth comes out. Brian Banks is innocent. I cannot imagine how awful those people feel now.

Innocent people are charged every day. We are told they are innocent until proven guilty, but many assume they have to be guilty or they wouldn’t be charged.

When King Hezekiah appointed judges, he reminded them not to be “people pleasers,” but to be “God pleasers.”

2 Chronicles 19:6, “…Always think carefully before pronouncing judgment. Remember that you do not judge to please people but to please the Lord. He will be with you when you render the verdict in each case.” New Living Translation

Those are good words to live by…

“Always think carefully.”

Dear Father God,

Forgive me for the times I shared something that was untrue and hurt others. I realize that when one person is hurt, it harms their entire family, their businesses, and even their charitable endeavors. So many people are hurt by the ripple effect. I pray for the truth to come out quickly.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

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