Thursday, February 27, 2014
Can We Resist the Rant?
Facebook gets ugly. Duh.
The Christian community on fb is often ugly. Sadly, duh, as well.
Civil is apparently viewed as spineless, kind as weak. Being abrasive is justified as speaking the truth. Being disrespectful is rationalized as "just being honest."
"I tell it like it is" has replaced "I tell it like I think it is." Seldom, if ever, does a post begin with, "I could be wrong. . . " Humility has been discarded; in-your-face hubris is now the norm.
There is seldom neither a desire or room for discussion. People don't want dialogue; they want your agreement. To disagree is to defy. To have a dissenting opinion is regarded not as being different, but as being wrong.
This is my experience of far too many in the Christian community. When it comes to expressing a loathing of someone or spewing toxic hatred often I hear little or no difference between the Christian-and-proud-of-it and the individual who professes no faith or spirituality.
How can this be? Have we forgotten that it was not Jesus, but the Snake, who spewed venom? And yet I see my brothers and sisters spewing their poison against the President, the gays, those liberals, illegal immigrants, Fox News, any immigrants, CNN, abortion, abortion advocates, conservatives, progressive pastor/teachers. . . the list is endless. In seeking to make a righteous stand and uphold morality we need to very careful; it was Pascal who said, "In seeking to become angels we may become less than men."
Do we actually care about the person or group or church we are assaulting with our words? If we voice our view of a sensitive issue do we care about how our words will impact those who disagree with us? Or am I only and all about giving voice to what I think, feel. believe and value-- and to hell with how it will affect you?