Sticks and Stones: Debbie Downer - Wednesday
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Did you see the article about The Bachelor this week? What about Donald Trump’s last tweet? Our culture loves a good controversy. And we are constantly consuming it. With our social media driven minds, nothing gets everyone going like a little bit of online controversy. Everyone is tossing nasty words back and forth for the whole world to see. Facebook, eat your heart out. I hear these words all the time: “Did you see what so and so posted on Twitter? I couldn’t believe he said that!” “Did you see her video on Instagram this morning? How did she think that was ok?” All of the sudden we have become the rightful critics of online controversy. We feel it is our job to share our opinions - sometimes the more hateful the better. We sit comfortably behind our computers hurling insults and negative comments on people’s feeds, but I think we have to be careful. There is something different about posting a hateful comment online, a numbing that happens when we post without repercussion. In the analog world (aka the real world) when you share a negative opinion with someone, you have to deal with the emotion it causes. If I call you stupid to your face, I have to watch it hurt your feelings. Today’s verse says “a harsh word stirs up anger.” Sometimes I think that kind of anger can be a good thing because it acts as a deterrent. The likelihood of you saying that harsh thing again is slim to none, because it didn’t just hurt the person you insulted, it hurt you too. The truth is, you can’t watch a face fall in an Instagram comment. But make no mistake, the face still falls, the hurt still happens.
- We have to think about our words and how we use them. When you are sharing on social media, ask yourself, “Would I say this to their face?” If the answer is no, then don’t put it on their feed. Instead, encourage someone with your words today.