Posted by: celticanglican | September 23, 2012

Why Christians Should Avoid Spreading Urban Legends and Hoaxes

Okay, I’m diverting a bit from my usual “programming”. The main reason why I’m posting is to help give people something to think about, about the consequences of spreading misinformation. When we fall for and spread lies, whether knowingly or not, we’re falling short of being “salt and light”.

  • Misinformation spreads fear and hatred. I’ve seen a lot of this in the last two election seasons, as well as during the previous presidency. IMO, if people are going to avoid voting for a candidate, it should be strictly based on his/her record and positions. Basing beliefs on and spreading half-truths, unsubstantiated information, or opinions touted as facts causes a lot of needless animosity.
  • Well-intended efforts to help. One form of this is seen in response to email forwarding hoaxes. When it’s falsely reported that money is donated to a cause every time an email is forward, it hampers real efforts to help. Organizations are usually so overwhelmed with calls that they can’t adequately help those in need.
  • Bogus prayer requests. These are usually prayer requests years old where the person has since recovered or died. In other cases, they may be pure fabrications. These hurt the cause of legitmate prayer groups, and cause many people to disregard any requests they get. 

Just a few things to think about.

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