“Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent” (Proverbs 17:28)
Social media has transformed society.
Have a bad experience at a restaurant? Mad about a new apartment complex being built down the street? Upset your child’s teacher gave them a bad grade? Have an agenda against someone at church? The neighbor’s dog getting on your nerves? Want to sound smart and argue with an article you disagree with? No longer are we forced to go to that person (or place) one-on-one to work it out. No, now people have a platform to rant and rave, saying things they would never say to anyone face to face.
They have digital courage ... but only behind their laptop or smartphone. “What’s happening in ______________ (you name the place) has become more entertaining than Saturday Night Live or The Jerry Springer Show.”
Digital courage isn’t courage; it’s being a coward.
The Bible is clear. If we have a personal issue with another person, we are to go to them in private and work it out (Matthew 5:23-24/18:15-17). Yet, many have no interest in reconciliation. They merely yearn for attention. Others want to bully. Some have too much time on their hands and nothing better to do. Some (must) have a mental illness. Still others couldn’t care less who they slander or hurt. Most are negative, aiming their words to tear down rather than build up. It’s hard to imagine such souls are walking with Christ.
If you haven’t spoken “to” someone face-to-face, then you have no business speaking “about” them on Facebook or Twitter.
I have witnessed multiple occasions where a disgruntled person would rant about someone online, but run like a squealing pig when confronted in person. Sin always runs away from the light and hides behind a computer screen.
Let it never be said of those who follow Christ that they are the ones causing drama online.
Be the person to encourage your child’s teacher, even if you disagree with them.
Tell the first responders in your town, “Thank you.”
Love on your pastor and allow him to make mistakes; he is human.
Love your neighbor, even if they can’t get Zoey to behave.
Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent” (Proverbs 17:28).
Don’t open your mouth and remove all doubt.
Andy Waits is associate pastor of worship and students at First Baptist Church in Springville.