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John Wesley’s Advice on Confusing Videos on Social Media

January 22, 2019

Confession: Like many others, I was caught up in the controversy over the last couple of days with the reporting of a situation at the Lincoln Memorial.

As things developed, I shared several conflicting perspectives from others on who did what when to whom and why on social media. At this point, I’ve removed them all for many reasons.

Beth Fender is a friend in real life and a colleague. She quoted and contextualized two such reasons, both more profound than mine, for that removal. She gave permission to share them, so I yield my space now to Beth’s words —

John Wesley‘s advice on confusing videos on social media:

Believe evil of no one; unless you see it done, take heed how you credit it. Put the best construction on everything: you know the judge is always supposed to be on the prisoner’s side.”


Speak evil of no one; else your word, especially, would eat as doth a canker. Keep your thoughts within your own breast, till you come to the person concerned.”

Thank you, Beth, and thank you, Mr. Wesley.


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