Go ahead and scroll through your favorite feed and tell me that people aren’t continually berating, belittling, mocking, and smearing each other. They are, and Jesus has a word for that – murder. Matthew 5:21-22 is absolutely clear that anger and name-calling are the fruit of murderous hearts. To avoid confusion let me say, I’m not talking about serious and vigorous debates – those have their place and can be beneficial. What I’m talking about is the insults and abusive language.
Today’s post comes from my friend, Geoff Box. Geoff is the pastor at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Doniphan, MO.
I grew up during the “social media boom”. I had a Facebook account way back when you could only get one if you had a college email address. Over the years, I’ve seen social media’s reach expand exponentially. Virtually everyone is sharing, liking and following at this point. As social media has grown, my dislike for it has grown too. I still have a Facebook and use it, but really in a very limited way. I do think social media still has potential for being a good thing, but right now it seems the good is being drowned out by the bad.
My biggest concern with social media has been the same for a while now – vitriol. Everyone hates everyone else. I’m not being hyperbolic here in the least.