Sorry for the absence of the Gravy.
Life has been crazy busy, and I believe I have a little social media mood disorder (if that is even a thing). This is due to the current cultural climate spurred by politics.
There has been too much arguing.
Too much anger.
Too much venom.
Too much this is why I’m right.
Too much this is why you’re wrong.
Too much telling only half truths.
Too much hypocrisy and then calling the other side a hypocrite.
Too much disunity.
Too much wall building. And, I’m not talking about Trump’s wall. Not a single post has changed my opinion about anything. It’s only made me more stubborn or annoyed depending on my personal beliefs and biases.
So I have stayed silent.
I haven’t wanted to weigh in.
Most of our words aren’t being used to open discussion or to love others, but rather as a hammer.
The finger pointing and chest bumping have caused us to be fragmented. Satan loves it, but more than likely some of our behavior may grieve the Holy Spirit.
So how does the Christian respond?
“When there are many words, sin is unavoidable, but the one who controls his lips is wise” (Proverbs 10:19).
Watch what you say. Posting things and arguing on social media isn’t going to change anything for the better, and you might find yourself in sin. It’s time to lighten up a little.
If you aren’t arguing on social media, but the climate is still causing unrest in your soul, you have choices.
You can take a break. I have a friend who is taking the entire month of February off of Facebook because of this.
You can hide certain people’s posts.
Or you scroll past them.
Paul gives practical advice on this. “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable-if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise-dwell on these things” (Philippians 4:8).
Christian, are these your thoughts?
Do you love others to this?
If the answer is no to either of these questions, make some changes.