One of the things I like most about social media is staying in contact with friends and family. It is a good way to know what is going on with those I love and what is going on in the world.
When I wake up in the mornings, I turn on the news and I open my Facebook. For the next 30 – 40 minutes I study them both.
I guess I am nosey, but I really enjoy knowing what is going on in the lives of my friends. Social Media has allowed me to reconnect with people from my childhood, I like that.
Something I hate about social media is how divisive it can be. Sometimes simple comments can be misunderstood and blown out of proportion.
Sometimes our own inner prejudices come out and hypocrisies go on full display.
I made a decision a couple of years ago that I no longer discuss politics on social media, it is simply too much of a powder keg to hang your hat on a meme or put your feelings out in 280 characters.
Additionally, I decided I wouldn’t be discussing religion, I have my faith, you have yours, I don’t judge yours and expect you not to judge mine…. that is what Jesus would do after all, right?
One of the things I hate most about social media is when we put out a persona that simply isn’t true, or when we try to create a judgement on others when the windows of our own glass house has major cracks.
In my humble opinion, there is nothing worse than a religious bigot. People who speak for a religion instead of a relationship with God are destructive, it took me a long time to realize that, but I did and have no apologies for that statement.
This weekend one of those situations arose on Facebook and to put it bluntly, it really pissed me off. Someone I have known since childhood, someone I consider a friend today and forever, put a completely bigoted meme on their Facebook feed that slapped me in the face.
I don’t know if it was meant for me or not, I don’t care. It was spiteful, it was rude, it was bigoted and it was NOT something that Christ would teach.
Without going into much detail, the meme reported that some people could not be Christians. REALLY? The Christ I serve teaches that all who come to him are forgiven, loved and saved. It doesn’t say, everyone but a certain group of people can be saved.
I wish I could laugh about these types of posts, but I can’t, because, I know you. I know your life, I know your past and I know your heart, when you try to lessen the faith of others because you may have an issue with a segment of their lives, it weakens your argument and just makes you look like a fool.
And the people who “like” the memes, yes I check those out too…. you are in the same boat.
Faith is something that is personal, it is for the individual and their walk with Christ, it is NOT for you to judge!
And now, I step off my soap-box, and you may return to your regularly scheduled programming.