Can I broach a sensitive topic with you? If so, read on. If not, perhaps it is best that you don’t
I’m noticing a lot of post’s on Facebook starting like this: “let’s see who my real friends are must read to the end and repost,” or: “you should not scroll past this; if you really care, share if you would stay up all night and talk to someone on the phone.” Or how about ” only a certain number of my friends will share this…..”
Now please don’t misunderstand me, social media, is social….media. It’s fair enough that people share what they are passionate about. (Heck, I am right now!) But sometimes, things go from fair, to over the top. I’m talking about those posts designed to make you feel guilty for not sharing. I think deep down we all know the ones I am talking about.
I have a bit of a theory, that all these ‘if you were/are really my friend’ posts that are appearing on social media are actually contributing to the prevalence of on-line nastiness more than they are solving anything.
I am starting to wonder if the digital world is becoming one emormous law code. For a society that rejects religion and religiosity in all of its traditional manifestations I’m not sure we’ve realised how many hoops that we have created for people and jump through. If you do not feel as passionately as someone else about something, you are often reduced automatically in their sight. Or at least threatened to be.
Sorry, but that is what these posts imply.
Once people got miffed if you disagreed with them. Now, it’s often because you’re not agreeing vehemently enough.
Here’s some god news if you, like me are feeling a little bit guilty for not sharing something recently: the Bible is very clear that there is only one voice of judgement left at the conclusion of the last day, and that belongs to Jesus who died to bring us in to relationship with him.
Isn’t it great to know that in the eyes of the only person who really ultimately matters, you matter? Because of his sacrifice on your behalf, should you so choose to trust, him he will judge you as righteous in him before the eyes of the world, no matter what you did or didn’t share on social media.
For there is NO condemnation for those in Christ Jesus.
Imagine if we spent as much time encouraging people as we did raising awareness? Imagine if we all did that? Imagine if people just noticed and took the initiative to treat others as they would be treated? Imagine if people just lived like Jesus?
Maybe there would be nothing to have to repost?