Have you ever considered the words you just posted?
There is a feature on my blog that could share with you where I am writing and posting from. Now, is that not a wide open invitation for someone to know where I am not? Like, at my home???
I am asking all my family and friends to back away from posting so much personal information on Facebook, or any other social media site, and to be on guard with the applications they involve themselves with and the pictures they share and the words they write…
One of the things we do not realize is how much of our information lasts and lasts forever on the Internet. Pictures you post, applications you play, and even things that you write. Nothing goes away. Ever. It lasts until someone other than you decides to delete the information. That means that every thing you ever are involved in with Facebook is recorded and stored. You may delete your account – but you can never delete your history. You may delete an email, but it still lasts on some server somewhere. You may wish to delete your browsing history but it can be recovered. Through every Internet portal there is a history of your internet browsing history, and you have no ability to delete this history.
Even when you are in “incognito” mode!
Look at this screen image of something I copied from my Account Settings within Facebook six years ago.
Notice a couple of things.
- “Get a copy of the data you’ve put on Facebook” – They are storing everything, and there’s a way to recover everything. Everything you’ve ever posted and shared is available. Every picture. Every application you’ve played.
- “This is a copy of all the personal information you’ve shared on Facebook” – This means if your account is hacked you have the potential of giving away your private information to someone else.
Everything you have done is stored, and can be retrieved by someone, somewhere.
Few of you remember back when AOL and CompuServe were our introduction to the World Wide Web. Mostly it was with dial-up modem access through our phone lines. Many of us added a second phone line just for the internet!
Our emails and browsing history were all we worried about. JUNO was a way to have email without access to the Internet. Everybody basically paid for these basic services. If you wanted to save anything you basically printed it out. I’ve long since cleansed my file cabinets of many documents and have saved them in PDF’s and Word documents.
Today, all you have to do is request what you’ve communicated on Facebook and it will be emailed to you. This means all your “sins” and “trespasses” are not forgotten. Everything you’ve done is remembered. This is so against scripture that tells us God has benefits, healing for all our diseases and forgets all of trespasses.
Here’s my thought. God forgives us of our trespasses. Man remembers.
A Psalm Of David.
Bless the LORD, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The LORD executes righteousness
And justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the children of Israel.
The LORD is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
As a father pities his children,
So the LORD pities those who fear Him.
For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.
As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
And its place remembers it no more.
But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,
To such as keep His covenant,
And to those who remember His commandments to do them.
The LORD has established His throne in heaven,
And His kingdom rules over all.
Bless the LORD, you His angels,
Who excel in strength, who do His word,
Heeding the voice of His word.
Bless the LORD, all you His hosts,
You ministers of His, who do His pleasure.
Bless the LORD, all His works,
In all places of His dominion.
Bless the LORD, O my soul!
(Psalms 103:1-22 NKJV)
Rev. David Bernard tweeted a few years ago.
This is the struggle we face with the internet. It remembers everything. All of our trespasses, all of the hurts we have received and given, all of our history – it’s available with the simple click of a button.
- When you receive something hurtful and hold on to it, or you give something hurtful, you are storing it up for as long as it can be saved by someone else.
- When you go somewhere you shouldn’t go, you are storing the history of it the same way.
- When you involve yourself in some questionable site, you are giving away a piece of your life into the hands of someone who does not care about you.
The internet might be thought to make our lives easier, but it really makes our life a challenge.
No matter what you do please remain a Christian.