Social media EXPLODES these days when something horrible happens. Whether it’s a school shooting, a sports controversy, a fallen religious leader, or celebrity divorce…the Twitter and Facebook culture warriors furiously pound on their keyboards and send their thoughts out to the world. Now, don’t assume I’m saying this is a bad thing. In many cases, it’s not. But in this day and age, we are sacrificing a LOT when we hide behind a keyboard instead of looking someone in the face and saying the same thing.
For example, would you look in the eye of the students in Parkland and tell them that stricter gun control laws wouldn’t have stopped the tragedy? Be honest. If the answer is yes, then HOW would you say it? Maybe that is how you should communicate it on social media.
Would you look President Trump in the eye and call him a pervert? If the answer is yes, HOW would you say it? That’s probably how you should communicate it on social media.
Would you look a pregnant teenager in the face and tell them they are going to hell for sleeping with their boyfriend? If yes…well, you get the point.
We won’t be taken seriously if all we do is shout “outrage!” at every. single. thing. Especially as a Christian, I must ask myself “How does this reflect on Jesus?” And even if you aren’t religious, the same thing applies. How will what you say reflect on your stance? On your personal beliefs? Will you want your kids, family, friends, etc to think of you as that type of person?
Better yet, have these types of conversations face to face. If you know me at all, you know that I don’t shy away from hard discussions. I’m always willing to go bat to bat with someone over a hot button issue. But I should care more about my relationship with them than I do my opinion. Why not just TALK about it instead of write about it?
Look, I get the irony of telling someone to talk about something as I write! But I hope my heart comes through. Enough writing. More talking. So get off your laptop, or your phone, and got sit down and have coffee with a friend. You might just learn something.