We’ve learned to love the sound of our own voice and to love the feel of our personal feelings and to enjoy the thrill of putting ourselves on display on social media (whether we have anything godly or good to contribute or not). I know I’m being hard on us. But these are times that call for true humility (not virtue signaling), godly wisdom (not the regurgitation of worldly platitudes), peace (not anger), discernment (not noise).
It’s possible that never in the history of the world have human beings felt more entitled to their own feelings and opinions. Of course, opinions have always been thrown around during dinner table conversations, but never have so many people in this world felt that they have a platform, a megaphone, a soapbox to lecture from. Social media has filled in the gap between fool and expert, and it is filling the world with foolishness disguised as expertise. How clearly we see it in these days. Yet that doesn’t seem to stop us from creating a shiny, clanging idol of our own opinions.
We love to chime in, to give the world our hot take on the latest controversy as if all of humanity is turning blue, holding its breath to see what we have to say about the matter. In recent days, we’ve even gotten pressure from many online to spout our opinions, to open our mouths and speak whether or not we know what to say. Just say something, man! the social media gods demand.