I witness again and again so much hate on the airwaves and in the news and in the comment section of far too many websites and social media platforms. I am stunned each time the President of the United States freely belittles or threatens others on Twitter. Has it really come to that!?
We have morphed into a society that gives free-reign to the inner monologue—those thoughts often best kept in the confine of one’s mind—as the core of public discourse. I find this kind of hate-filled, one-sided conversation to be a vile regurgitation of personal opinions that come with little regard for speaking one’s truth in love and compassion.
And let us not think that Christians are innocent of such behaviors.
Yes, it would be naïve to believe all of the mean, nasty comments we read are NOT from the hearts of Christians as well. I, myself, have no doubt I stand guilty of the occasional heart-less comment or two. If anything, I am guilty of mentally approving of someone else’s mean-spirited opinion or post.
A recent spiritual discipline I have engaged is resisting the urge to respond immediately to things that I read on-line, especially when negatively triggered by the words or visuals. Beyond restraining my fingers from firing off, I am understanding that my thoughts must be equally tempered.
What about you?
What motivates you to post on-line or comment, especially when you do not agree with an article or statement?
Is it pride, arrogance, fear, or disgust? Do you comment just to have your own opinions heard?
The Apostle Paul advises in his letter to the church of Rome:
I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2)
I can hear Paul addressing Christians today with these similar words of wisdom:
Rise up, Christians!
Let not the world dictate how you respond to friends and strangers alike. Conform no more and instead be transformed by the renewing of your minds!
Pause–breathe–and pray before you share your thoughts with others.
Be that much needed holy and acceptable, living sacrifice to God. Speak and post what is good, acceptable, and perfect in God’s eyes.
My Christian sisters and brothers, please…join me in being that living sacrifice. Your voice of compassion and the love of God you can share are needed more than ever in the world today!