By Jonathan B. Jones II
A recent Wall Street Journal
interview with Google CEO Eric Schmidt revealed some
disturbing realities about privacy and reputations in the
The Google CEO says you may have to
change your name to escape your past.
The Internet-search-engine-giant's CEO
stated, "I don't believe society understands
what happens when everything is available, knowable, and
everyone all the time." Because records are kept of all of
your internet activity including internet searches, websites
visited, and social networking posts, the indiscretions
within the cyber world will scar your reputation and follow
you throughout life. It is well known that many employers
today will check social networking sites (such as twitter,
Facebook, and MySpace) to evaluate the character of a
prospect before serious consideration for hire. Google's CEO
stated that the only way to "escape" such a wounded
reputation in the future will be to legally change your
Rather than trying to do
“reputation damage control” after the fact, it would be far
better to guard your reputation from being ruined in the
first place. Scripture teaches us the importance of having a
good reputation. The writer of Proverbs gives the true
life-principle, "A good name is to be chosen rather than
great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold”
The Preacher of the book of Ecclesiastes
seconds this advice, "A good name is better than precious
ointment" (Ecclesiastes 7:1). As Christians we must care
about our reputations. We should put a high priority upon
the value of our reputations.
We all make mistakes in the days of
our youthfulness that we regret. David prayed to God,
"Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions…"
(Psalm 25:7). However, there is no excuse for "sowing wild
oats" because we are young. God does not excuse the
indiscretions of youth.
Accountable young people must
realize there are consequences to their choices--even
choices made on-line. The young man Joseph is elevated in
Scripture as a young man who continued to seek God when in a
foreign land (Genesis 39:9).
Likewise the young men Daniel, Shadrach,
Meshach, and Abednego realized that they were accountable to
God even when not around their parents (Daniel 1:8).
Actions have consequences. We reap what
we sow (Galatians 6:7). We are to "sow for yourselves
righteousness" (Hosea 10:12). If you sow to the wind, you
can expect to reap a whirlwind (Hosea 8:7). May we all, both
young and old, realize the importance of our reputations.
- Jonathan B. Jones II; via
The Encourager, the weekly bulletin for
the Calvert City church of Christ, Calvert City, KY.
Lance Cordle preaches for the congregation. He may be
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