I want, no I need your help.
I need your help to make changes on social media. I am tired of all the bickering. I am tired of people taking sides and using mems, gifs, spurious new sources, out of context quotes, quibs, and jabs instead of well thought out reasons. All sides of every discussion are guilty.
Changing social media, changing the world starts with you. Christian, let me talk to you specifically. Some of the things we post are lies or at best are misleading. Some are offensive. I need your help to stop these posts.
One quote many Christians post every time there is a school shooting says something like this, “God where were you when these children were being shot?” God answers, “I’m not allowed in school.” Friends, that is a lie. God is in school as long as there are Christians there. God is in school when students and faculty read their Bibles in free time. God is in school when one or two Christians pray. God is bigger than that. God will not be – can not be – removed by any government order.
The other lie in that post is the message that if bad things happen, if people die, then God was not there. God was there! He was there in the classrooms and closets as those taking cover prayed. He was with the injured and dying. His angels carried His children to Paradise. Their pain and suffering ended. God will continue to be with the families of the victims and with those around them providing comfort. A parent will not stop every pain or every heartbreak in a child’s life, but that does not mean they do not love and care, or are not there to help carry the child through. God is The Loving Father. He is there to comfort our pain (2 Corinthians 1:3-7).
In the words of Michael Jackson, “If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and then make a change” (Man in the Mirror). I need your help to make changes. There are things that I need to change in my life. I need encouragement to be a greater encourager. I need help remembering to listen more and talk less. I need be better at asking others about their lives. I need to improve my time management skills. I need to remember to stop and think before I speak and before I select “post” on social media.
I am asking you to help me change the world, one person at a time. I’ll start with me. Will you start with you?
3 thoughts on “Help, Please”
Thank you Scott for this post. I really needed it. I must admit that I’ve been discouraged the last week or so regarding exactly what you mentioned in this post. I’ve read so many hateful and snarky comments on facebook recently from members of my own church, and its saddening to hear. People haven’t even considered that their remarks, while truth to them, may be hurtful to others. I just wonder if this is what following Christ is really supposed to look like and I keep coming up with the answer “no.” Hopefully people will see that being a Christian means taking other people’s feelings into consideration, lest we cause someone to stumble or become discouraged. I’ve learned that you will never change someone’s mind through social media because its faceless communication allows people to speak in a way that they would never do in person. I’ve resolved to never get into these hot topic issues over Facebook and will only speak face to face with those who are willing to converse without resorting to ugliness or sarcasm.
“One quote many Christians post every time there is a school shooting says something like this, “God where were you when these children were being shot?” God answers, “I’m not allowed in school.” Friends, that is a lie.” — AMEN Brother Scott. The LIE comes from apostate denominational thought, arrogant enough to put words in the very mouth of God. WWJD? He would have answered, beginning with “It is written…” That is the Truth…found only in the very Word of God.
Reading your Morning Drive helps keep focused on the task at hand…living every breath following the steps of our Savior and considering how He would respond the each challenge we face in life. (Distracted driving is just as dangerous as distracted living…thus the value I find the the title you chose.) Instead of responding to hostile social media posts, I just pray for the poster – instead of engaging in like manner which only feeds the flame (pun intended) of living their life on fire.
Oh, I love your lesson, or whatever you want to call it. I need to stop and think before posting or adding something. Thanks Scot. Brought a lot home to me. I try, I try. Thanks for the encouraging lesson. Yes you do need encouraging, as Christians we all need to be encouraged.