Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers (Eph 4:29)~~ People have always been rude, some will tell you that’s just human nature. But rudeness has gone to a whole new level especially since the advent of social media! What people seemed ashamed to say to someone’s face can now be easily posted on Facebook, or tweeted, or typed anonymously on a blog or web forum.
Why are people so mean today? Maybe we have watched too many reality TV slugfests; listened to too many politically charged sparring sessions on news shows and talk radio; found entertainment on all of the gossip shows on television or read too many hateful comments online. It certainly seems that all this toxic dialogue has desensitized us, and we just don’t care about or just don’t know how to bite our lips and say anything kind. And while I’d love to say that Christians are immune to this epidemic of harsh conversation, that’s just not the case. Sometimes we are just as mean as everyone else, even if we don’t drop F-bombs as often.
Many of us used to hear from parents and grandparents the old adage “If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all!”. Yes, there used to be rules for arguing, but today— the gloves are off, all verbal, written, texted, tweeted posted, snap-chatted and kik’ed weapons are allowed and there are no referees. It’s an all-out free-for-all!
I’m not saying social media is all bad, but how we’ve come to use it reveals a dire need for humanity… What we need is a restoration of the qualities of the great commandments of our Savior – “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself (Matt 22:37,39); What we need is a revival of genuine love for ourselves and each other. God has already put the capacity in each of us – but it’s now our choice to make use of it that will make the difference. If we would channel our energies for tearing each other down into building each other up – what would the world then be? How could you change your social presence? What if you cleaned up what you have loading into your feed? Sure, you’d probably lose a handful of followers, but what would that do to your daily life – how would that clean up what you’re taking in…and ultimately dishing out every day?