I am back after back issues and then sinus infection! Boy! What a journey this last six to eight weeks has been! Silver lining? I have had much more time to read! That’s always a great thing. So what do I have to share with you today? I want to share with you something that can be a hinderance in the life of a Jesus follower.
I have to say that I am finding more and more in this day and age, that many people just have no filter at. all. You can’t make a comment on Facebook before someone else has to get nasty about it. What is it about this media option that gives people anonymity as a faceless person behind a screen, to feel you can just let loose on someone just because they don’t agree with your view. Or let me go a little deeper, you just don’t LIKE their view. We just start attacking. It only takes one person and away they all go! It stinketh! Where in the world has our sense of right and wrong gone? I don’t agree with MANY of the things said, shared, or done, but I don’t rip someone apart because of it. Why is it that we feel we have a “right” to express our opinion in such a way? Does it change the other people’s mind? No. They don’t even listen. They are too busy planning what they will say to the next comment that comes up. We gain nothing. All we do is show who we REALLY are. That is very sad to me and I think since God talks about the tongue, we should do a better job of controlling it. You see, just because it is out there, doesn’t mean we have to respond to it, or even share it, or believe it to be true. We even get into Twitter where we can let ‘er rip in 140 characters or less. Are the words that come from our mouth or finger tips edifying? What do your words or language show others about you? The Bible tells us that we shouldn’t let any unwholesome words come out of our mouth or our fingertips but only that which will build another up.
We seem to forget that we have choices every day. We can choose how we respond, and most of the time, it isn’t worth responding to in the first place. We just have to get our opinion out there. Have you ever asked yourself why you even feel the need to say something? I always ask myself if my comment or response will do the following:
- make a difference?
- change a mind and thinking?
- be of value to someone?
- encourage a person?
- edify the person?
- is it helpful?
- is it kind?
If it doesn’t meet the above criteria, that is what the “scroll” is for. Move on. Don’t jump in to the pool of ugliness. If I really feel I need to respond to something that stands up for my faith, I will do so, but it a way that states what I believe to be a kind way of standing up for God and represent what He stands for. But then, I don’t go back and read every comment and get all wrapped up in the argument. Many just like to start one so they have the excuse to let ‘er rip. No thanks. That is neither wise on our part, or a good example of God’s love for one another. There may a time to confront, but with love, not anger and hate.
This type of involvement not only stirs us up, but it usually stirs us up to the wrong things and feelings. We find ourselves upset, angry, and develop feelings that don’t easily go away. We in turn, can take it out on someone else. Be angry at the person for not “getting it” to a point that it begins to rub off on those around us, and changes their perspective on the subject also. It would be wise of us to decide what we let into our lives and what we don’t. If we don’t act in a manner that reflects God, then we become no better than those who are choosing to attack with their words. I learned a long time ago to be careful what I read, listen to, and what or who I associate with. Everything we surround ourselves with leads our hearts, and our hearts lead our actions. “As a man thinks, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7. Satan would like nothing better than to take away our credibility as a follower of Jesus. He loves to trip us up. However, it also trips up our faith…we can lose our firm grip to the Father’s hand, not because He let go, but because we start to let go. I don’t know about you, but I don’t ever want to be in a position where I lose the hold of God’s hand on mine. Making wise choices about what we involve ourselves in, can make a difference in the choices you make and the way you think every moment of every day. What is it about us that we can’t resist weighing in a question on social media? Do they really care about our opinion? No. It is just a ploy to rile everybody up; keeping you mad and upset, and focused on the wrong thing. Since when do we have a right to sit behind the screen and determine who we stone? He who is without sin cast the first stone, Jesus said. Don’t. take. part.
So what do we do?
- If we truly want to be salt and light to the world, we want to act in such a way that they see Jesus, not us.
- Before we comment, ask yourselves the above thoughts.
- Spend less time on social media and more time with people face to face.
- BE a good listener and then respond. Don’t be so eager to say what you think before hearing the person out, and determining our part in the scenario.
- If you are turning down the opportunity to learn and have quiet time with the Lord to be on social media or TV, then that’s a place to start. Change our priorities.
- What would change in our lives if we stayed out of everyone else’s business, and swept our own doorstep?
As a parent or grandparent, we know how fast time goes by us. Because we know that, do we really want to be spending time in this kind of activity and missing that time of being with the Lord and hearing His voice? We are so busy thinking of what we will post next, that we hurry through our life to get to the next idea. Now I will tell you that I use Facebook myself. I use it as a way to keep up with family and close friends, BUT I also use it for encouragement and Bible Study. So I can be seen online often. However, I’m using it for other purposes more than for the sake of blindly scrolling through the lights of Facebook, and sharing what I think. It is always my hope that what I share causes someone to think about how they spend their days. We can’t expect our children or grandchildren to put down the devices when they see us with our faces in them. Or, what about what they hear you listen to on social media or movies or TV. That could be another story right there. However, I too, am going to lay down my phone and involvement on social media. I challenge you to consider that for yourself. We might find ourselves much happier people.
So I close with this:
I will share a personal post that I don’t wish to see. I personally don’t agree with everyone posting political posts. What is the point? It just offends most of the time. You have your beliefs and others have theirs. You don’t need to put down one to raise up the other. That reflects more about you than the person you support. We Christians have said some awful things about people in our attempt to clarify or give an opinion, and I don’t guess if we were to be in the spotlight with our own lives, that ours would be clean and white as snow either. So let’s put the stones down.
How about if we started a revolution of caring, rather than scaring. What if we used it more for what it started out to be; a way of sharing your life with friends and family and an optional way of encouraging each other. THAT would set us a part as followers of Jesus, I think. What if our pages, posts, tweets and Instagram, reflected more of that? What if we used the idea that Jesus taught, “a kind word turns away wrath” as a way to set ourselves apart from the world. Non-believers can’t see a difference between Christians and non-believers many times. Let’s show them the better way…let’s not trip them up with our words and actions, but instead lead them to walk it out with us because they see something different in us. Let’s reset.
Until next time…