Church of England Releases New ‘Ten Commandments’ For The Internet Age
These commandments were written on a very different type of tablet.
It can be hard navigating the modern world of social media, but thankfully the most modern of organisations The Church of England has decided to step in and help out.
The original Ten Commandments that Moses brought down from Mt Sinai were so helpful in reminding us important lessons like “Thou shalt not murder” and what we should and should not covet.
But those old stone tablet commandments don’t really apply to our online world so we really need some modern twists. Surely, God could speak to a modern Moses and tell him things like ‘Thou shalt not DM an ex after midnight’.
The Church of England have asked Anglicans to pledge to the following online community guidelines, and while it’s not exactly the online ten commandments (because, for one, there are only nine of them), it’s as close as we’re going to get.
- Be Safe.
Good rule, there are children and young people on the internet and they deserve to be safe. Hard to disagree with this one.
- Be Respectful.
Imagine a social media world where people would respectful. The Church of England clearly believes in miracles.
- Be Kind.
The Church asks that you treat others as you’d wish to be treated. Let he who is without sin cast the first clapback.
- Be Honest.
Thou Shalt Not Catfish.
- Take Responsibility.
This one feels like a tough ask for the internet set. Stand by your tweets from 2012.
- Be A Good Ambassador.
The Church says that personal and professional life can easily become blurred online so think before you post. Which is a top tip for me before I click ‘publish’ on this article.
- Disagree Well.
Thou Shalt Not Use Profanity In The Comments Section.
- Credit Others.
Huge to learn that the Church of England agrees to the principals of the F*ckF*ckJerry movement.
- Follow The Rules.
Even God himself couldn’t read every one of the Terms & Conditions.
They definitely could have thrown a few ‘Thou’s and ‘Shalt’s in their official language to spice it up a bit, or even @’d God to let him know you hear him, but honestly that’s all pretty solid online advice.
If you disagree, Thou Shalt Not @ Me.