Did you hear the one about the Facebook page who promised to ban anyone using the new rainbow reaction (added by Facebook as a nod to Pride month) on their posts?
If so, I imagine it didn’t come as a massive shock to you to learn it was a Christian Facebook page. I took a look and in reaction to people trolling them with rainbows, they posted images of fire, calling on people to repent. And don’t even get me started on the comments. It was all terribly unpleasant.
Or maybe you’ve been caught up in the political crossfire recently? No matter who you support, it seems like you can’t express an opinion online right now without someone jumping on your every word and calling you out for being inhuman.
No matter how much we tend to avoid stepping into battles on social media (because let’s be honest, they can get brutal and too often it feels akin to smashing your head repeatedly against a brick wall!) you and I have a voice and we are called to use it.
But here’s the thought that kept rattling around my head yesterday morning … do it with love.
It echoes back to what we talked about yesterday. It’s less about what you say than how you say it.
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8
I know it’s wishful thinking to imagine a world where every person steps into a conversation drenched in love. I know the Internet makes a delightful playground for people to give voice relatively anonymously and, as such, it doesn’t bring out the best in them too much of the time.
But if we’re going to be the change we want to see (to paraphrase the quote usually attributed to Gandhi but not actually said by him at all! ? ) it’s got to start somewhere, right?
So what if we personally, you and I, made a commitment to add love to every situation we stepped into? (Mostly at least. There are going to be times we don’t get it right!)
What might that look like? How might that love make a difference?
Just something to ponder on as we step into today but I’d love to hear what you think. ?
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