Christian semantics. These are little loopholes that some use to make themselves feel ok for pushing the limits. This includes: Christian cuss words (saying something that sounds like the real thing), prayer gossip (tell me what’s going on so I can pray about it), white-lies (wording that bypasses the fact that you did indeed sin).
Semantics are dangerous. You can learn to say phrases that get you around the actual truth. They ease your conscience, all the while seducing you into deeper sin.
For instance: Proverbs 18:8 – the words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
Many people are guilty of living out this scripture. But with semantics, they find a way around it. They type it out rather than speaking it. Therefore, they feel they aren’t in violation of this scripture. Instead of calling somebody on the phone, they air out their message on facebook, twitter, text-messages, etc.
This is sin. This is slander. This is wrong.
God had struck Zachariah dumb for his unbelief. God promised him that Elizabeth his wife would have a child in her old age. He couldn’t believe it, so God removed his ability to talk. 9 months later the baby was born. 8 days after that, the family assembled to give this baby its name.
Luke 1:62 – And they made signs to his father (remember Zachariah can’t talk), how he would have him called.
Luke 1:63 – And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John.
According to this passage of scripture, when Zachariah wrote, he was saying. Writing it and saying it are one and the same in scripture. There goes the loophole.
When you write and verbally assault somebody, lie, bear false witness, sow discord, or gossip – you are saying it. You are guilty of breaking a multitude of scriptures. Semantics can’t save you. Writing it – is speaking it.
- It breaks the bible principle of settling matters discreetly, believer to believer.
- The slandered party often doesn’t have a chance to defend his or her actions. And even if they did, it would be too late.
- Often times the talebearer is posting one side of the whole truth, second hand gossip, or even assumptions and personal perceptions.
- It hurts the gospel and the mission of the church. Out of your 600-facebook friends, hundreds of them are not believers. When you trash another person, this hurts them, your witness, and the gospel.
- Avoiding face-to-face resolution is cowardly.
- When you hit the like button on somebody else’s slandering post; that says a lot about you. You actually like that somebody failed, faltered, fell, or is falsely accused?
- Remember you are on a mission to make Jesus famous. Don’t write anything that doesn’t fulfill this mission.
- Never talk about personal problems between you and your spouse on social-media. This never helps and always hurts. I suggest you un-plug, and actually spend some quality time talking your problems out with your spouse.
- Don’t support others who slander by commenting, pressing the like button, re-tweeting, or forwarding text-messages.
- Don’t allow social-media to take over your life. There are counselors that are in business just because people have Internet addictions. Many people don’t have time to serve in their church, simply because their time is wasted with social-media. Ultimately, you may know about everybody else’s family, and not spend any time with your own.
- Use social-media for the gospel.
- Finally, write about others, as you’d like them to write about you.