Last weekend a mysterious, shadowy figure claimed to have acquired nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirstin Dunst, and others. The word is that he hacked into their iCloud accounts. This, of course, set off a frenzy of net surfing among people with the maturity level of a high school sophomore. It also set off a frenzy of indignant articles and blog posts by people who still haven’t figured out that the only nude photos that can’t be hacked and posted on the Internet are the ones that haven’t been taken.
This morning I read a scathing piece by Emma Gray of the Huffington Post in which she rails about “how crappy the Internet can be for women.” Sadly, she ended the sentence too soon. She should have written about “how crappy the Internet can be for women who take and store nude pictures of themselves.” There are millions and millions of women who have not found the Internet to be a crappy place because they have kept their clothes on and conducted themselves in a mature fashion.
Seriously, are there still people who haven’t figured out that nothing is secret on the net? This is especially true if you’re an attractive female celebrity. How naive do you have to be to think that such pictures won’t see the light of day?
Ah, but wait.
Perhaps there’s a method to this madness. Show business people have been known to say, “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.” Could it be that while publicly demonstrating the kind of outrage that wins the sympathy of fans, these celebrities are secretly happy that their names and, um, other things are in the news?
Here’s what I know: If you don’t do it, it can’t come back to haunt you.
That doesn’t just go for taking nude pictures of yourself. It also goes for speaking angry words, buying something you can’t afford, flirting with a married coworker, gossiping about a friend, drinking alcohol, using drugs, or letting a relationship go too far.
For years I’ve counseled people whose painful circumstances were caused by their own lack of judgment. They failed to tap the brakes in time and suffered terribly as a result. I’ve done it myself. I’ve looked back at my own actions and thought, “That was really dumb.”
Proverbs 14: 16 says, “The wise are cautious and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence.”
Remember, if you don’t do it, it can’t come back to haunt you.