Thursday, September 29, 2005

An Apology and a Warning...

A bit of seriousness here from the Colonel...

We had a comment from a legitimate, faithful reader on our latest post, with an excellent, humorous link to a picture of the guy, Crispin Glover, who played the nerdy father of Marty McFly in "Back to the Future." (I know the link was valid. I saw the actual pic when it was first posted.)

At any rate, sometimes out on the web, the material at the source of a link gets changed, through no fault of the blogger or the person making the comment. (I remember once, a very good Youth Group web site featured for a month on their front page, of all things, a picture of a wood burning stove.)

Whether these changes are errors, or malicious, is sometimes difficult to tell. In this case, it seemed to be malicious, as the "Glover" link, while not changed, now ended at a photo that, to say the least, does not meet the standards of this blog.

Please keep in mind, that this material CHANGED AT THE SOURCE AFTER the faithful reader posted the link.

So to our readers,
1st, an Apology to any who may have clicked on the link. We have immediately deleted the comment in question, not in judgment of the comment itself, but because the link had been compromised.

2nd, a Warning. Be on guard. The net is an excellent communication tool, (For us, it's our best method of staying in touch with our adult children) but content can change quickly, and garbage is often only one, even UNINTENTIONAL, click away. We can be careful, we can all have "Word Verification" turned on in our blogs, but the junk is still out there. Our best defense is a heart guarded by the Lord Jesus Christ. We must live a life filled with The Holy Spirit, Who gives us wisdom to avoid this trash, eyes that bounce off the garbage the world throws at us from every direction, and VERY quick fingers to "X" out of these pages when they do (hopefully very rarely) pop up.

OK, since I've gone into a rare, Pastoral moment on the Band Blog, here's one more thought...

Friend, you're not alone. If you've struggled with stuff on the net, the BEST thing you can do is share your struggle and desire for victory with a CHRISTIAN friend.

We had a guest speaker at our church who stated that accountability is not a negative "Gothca" to get someone in trouble when they've messed up. Accountability is a POSITIVE tool for Victory!

Here's a good site. (I hope the link works, cause it's title looks weird.) At this site, you can download a simple program that will E-mail your net activity to a good friend, again not as a "Gotcha!", but as a way to encourage healthy discussion that leads to a victorious life.

Here's the link...

http://www.xxxchurch.com/

The program to download is called X3watch.

OK, there's the serious stuff. Next time, we return to Jokes about Monkey Butlers and Complaints about the
Dog.

5 Comments:

Blogger Reinman said...

I appreciate the anonymity, but I’m willing to take my share of the responsibility for that fiasco.

Though I didn’t encounter the altered link myself, I sincerely apologize to anyone who did.

From here on, I will take greater care to ensure that my links have "stable" hosts.

12:43 PM  
Blogger mrswillyof4 said...

Thanks Al, for explaining and warning and caring!

2:01 PM  
Blogger Shainerz said...

I didn't think that he would purposely put that link. Sorry for the last comment! I was just shocked. Thanks for the explanation!

2:12 PM  
Blogger the devine one said...

I can only imagine what it was, not that I want to know in the first place. But I have had my share on clicking on inappropriate links (a similar case to this), and I've had quite enough. Err, yeah. Bye.

3:15 PM  
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