Having been on vacation this week, I really should have taken a break from my computer, disconnected like I said I would. But my family is kind of incapable of letting go of our digital lives in favor of our real ones. I’ve opened my Twitter account one too many times to see how the stuff I scheduled is working out.
So far I’ve discovered that it’s not in my favor, and I can’t help but think of “Horton Hears a Who”: “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”
It was the pro-life mantra that Christians jumped on when the Dr. Seuss movie hit theaters and then it’s various disseminating products. It was simple and beautiful and captured the core of what Christianity is: That no matter what a person was like, that he or she deserved for the love of Christ to be shown.
But then Twitter happened. And then some people did some things that Christians didn’t like or people who are professed Christians did things that the world didn’t like, and now everyone’s being thrown under the bus because we like to hide behind the Internet.
I used to think things like Jimmy Kimmel’s Celebrities Read Mean Tweets were hysterical, but not so much anymore, not that it’s happening to me.
I wonder if some of the people who commented on my post opening up about my depression would say those same things to my face?
I don’t have a thick skin, and I was opening up for the sake of reaching out to other Christians who may be struggling with the same issues and just wanting to find God to be the anchor point so we can grow closer to him. Instead, I’m told that I’m being affected by the devil, that what I have is a first-world problem supported by the money-hungry pharmaceutical industry.
What I want to know is, why are my fellow brothers and sisters attacking me? How are they speaking the truth in love? How are they showing me in word and deed that all they say is for the glory of God?
Guys, if this is how we treat one another, how are we expected to impact the world for the Kingdom? How are we supposed to show the love of Christ is a cause worth living and dying for if we hide behind our computers and attack those who are trying to minister?
Am I saying to tiptoe around feelings? Not necessarily. Sometimes we need a hard word to get us back in line. But there are far more productive ways to advance the love of Christ than taking to social media to bash those we don’t agree with.
Sometimes our words are based on the familiar ideas we’ve heard in sermons and not on the Bible. I’m afraid that cultural habits and non-Scriptural attitudes have led us to believe that something is the Truth, and that is causing us to harm other children of God without allowing us to truly dive into what the Bible says about emotions and sin and how to deal with it.
Why are we afraid of discussions? Why are we standing on only our opinions without taking a step back to consider how different people may have different perspectives, and that they may–gasp!–not be sinful?
Just because we don’t understand something doesn’t mean it’s of the devil or that someone is being influenced by the world or demons. Yes, spiritual warfare is a very real and relevant thing, but there is not a demon behind everything we’ve never understood.
What I ask is this: Pursue God. Pray that his Truth above all else will be revealed. Think before we speak (or post), and do everything as though it is worshipping Him. Then all else will fall into place.