Yesterday was a strange day in the social media world…everybody seemed to be battling each other. It wasn’t Democrats VS Republicans, Pro-Choice VS Pro-Life, or Gay Marriage VS Traditional Marriage advocates, it was Christians VS Christians.
On the West Coast a Conference was decrying the unbalanced and unbiblical usage of Spiritual Gifts within Christendom, while closer to home, Home Schooling education VS Public Schooling education was being debated. My natural default is to get sarcastic; particularly, when people’s passions overflow from conversation to accusations. I just shake my head and say, “seriously people!” Then the “zingers” start to form in my mind…I need to be equally careful.
We’d all agree that social media HAS TO BE THE WORST medium to share opinions and perspectives that have the potential to polarize, and yet we often converse this way with regrettable results. Granted, there are some things Biblically that there is no room for compromise or hold differing views; but when it comes to issues of education, politics, health, environment or any other social aspect, we as Christians have the propensity to draw the lines, dig in our heals, and passionately jump into the battle without considering a few things.
There are more scriptures than we’d want to admit about the damage our tongues can do; we are warned against a tongue that lies, Proverbs 6:17, that is spiteful, Proverbs 17:4, that is back-biting, Proverbs 25:23, and the hell bent tongue, James 3. These are all how to/how not to speak, but the bigger question is “why?”
The next time you feel the urge to “just share your heart” or plaster an opinion online, consider these 3 things if you are a Christian.
1. We are brothers and sisters in Christ…1 Thes. 4:19, “But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another” Just as families may have differences or difficulties, you always know that you are on the same side, they are not the enemy, and our words, tweets, posts, and actions, should be loving.
2. Relationships are more important than being right…Col. 4:6,”Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” We can have the right facts but the wrong heart…we can also win the fight, but lose the battle…and miss the point.
3. The world is watching…John 13:35,“By this (our love) all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” The greatest testimony to a lost world is the love Christians display towards one another, despite the differences they may have. You can do a lot of “right things” but without love its meaningless, 1 Cor. 13. We “witness” with our words more than we realize.
So the next time we feel the urge to banter back and forth, maybe it would be better to consider these things, sit back, pray, and even invite that person over for a cup of coffee to hear their heart, because it can’t be heard over social media.
What things have you done to prevent these situations?