God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore. Solomon’s wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the people of the East, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt. He was wiser than anyone else, including Ethan the Ezrahite—wiser than Heman, Kalkol and Darda, the sons of Mahol. And his fame spread to all the surrounding nations. He spoke three thousand proverbs and his songs numbered a thousand and five. He spoke about plant life, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of walls. He also spoke about animals and birds, reptiles and fish. From all nations people came to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom. (1 Kings 4:29-34 NIV)
Social media moves at an incredible pace. Some things can take hold of Twitter or Facebook and spread like wildfire. Something innocuous can quickly become infamous if public opinion turns. One will tell another as the six degrees of Kevin Bacon take you from the comfort of your own profile into some of the hidden recesses of the etherverse.
I find myself wondering how the wisdom of Solomon would fit into the social media universe. Is there room for reflection and wisdom in a world of 140 characters and instant feedback? Wisdom is something that many people develop over time as opposed to Solomon’s gift from God. As our children learn to navigate a social media world there is a need to educate about the great benefits and the many pitfalls this brings.
This is a picture that I have seen on Facebook 5 times in the last few days. A startling statistic as one teacher begins that journey to wisdom with her young students. How do you exercise wisdom online? How do you protect yourself? Is this something that developed over time or do you use instinct? Have you always been safe online or did you find out the hard way?