It is really rare for me to get on a soap box. However, the negative things I have seen on social media these days have me appalled and fired up! So, I am pouring my heart out today with Shell over at Things I Can’t say with my two Don’t s and a Do when on social media. I really think if we all didn’t do these two and did the one, the world would be a happier place!
Talk about something that happened with a “mystical” unnamed person who, when they read your post, will know you’re talking about them. If you have something to say to an individual, go to that individual. Are we still in fifth grade? Talk to the “mystical being” in person or at least via telephone. I wouldn’t even recommend sending an email. You CANNOT hear a person’s heart and really understand their motives through typed words. By passively putting the incident on blast via social media, you spark the curiosity of others and get them all up in some kool-aid that is not even their flavor!
“If a fellow believer hurts you, go and tell him—work it out between the two of you.” Matthew 18:15 (The Message)
Post about current events when you are angry or respond to someone else’s wacky post when you are angry. Get up from your computer or turn off your phone when you feel yourself getting reactionary or sarcastic. Do NOT post the first thing that pops into your mind. As adults we should be able to discuss difficult issues peacefully–IN PERSON! A lot of people hide behind their computers and post things they would never say face to face. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs. Proverbs 19:11 (NLT)
Stop being bitter and angry and mad at others. Don’t yell at one another or curse each other or ever be rude. 32 Instead, be kind and merciful, and forgive others, just as God forgave you because of Christ. Ephesians 5:31-32 (CEV)
3. Use social media for good by connecting with family and friends, encouraging others, and sharing the love of Jesus.
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. Hebrews 3:13 (NIV)
Of course you have every right to disagree with me. Please know, I DO NOT have it all together but I AM striving to be better.