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Christianity, social media, and politics

Social media wars, such as twitter wars and facebook debates have gotten out of control. Snapchat and instagram are guilty of doing this, also. You have all seen them, whether you agree with them or roll your eyes in disgust, they exist. And they are not going anywhere. My own facebook news feed has been flooded with trash-talking from both the Republicans and Democrats. It is all been about who is for and who is against Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. You support Muslims in our country or you don’t. You must believe black lives matter or you don’t. You are either this or that. Social media sends the message that you must be either one or the other. But does it have to be this way? Social media has become a platform for many who believe it has become their duty to inform the public that their own view is the only way to think. And if you do not support them you are racist, bigoted, deplorable, misogynist, and so on.  These terms are coming from both sides, Chrisitian vs. non Christian, Republicans vs. Democrats, blacks vs. whites. My own friends on facebook have turned on each other. A meme of Clinton posted on one friends page elicits a deluge of comments from other friends.  It quickly spirals out of control.  Another meme posted by a friend who is a Trump supporter receives tons of backlash from those opposing his views. There appears to be no middle ground. We live in the United States.  The basic premise of the Constitution is founded on freedom such as freedom of freedom of speech and religion.  You and I are entitled to our own opinions and thoughts regarding many issues. However, when does it become too much? First of all, I am thankful for the protection of certain freedoms by our armed forces and police men and women.  I am grateful that I live in the United States of America where we can express our own individual thoughts and opinions on politics and faith. However, I think we have gone too far as a nation when it comes to using social media to get our view points across. I am a woman. I am a woman who has voted in every single election (national, local, and statewide) since I was 18 years old.  I am an educated woman with a Master’s Degree in Education.  I have twenty years  of combined experience in both the public school system, as a writer, and as a stay-at-home mom. I am a Bible-believing woman who believes in God’s spoken word as the Truth. I believe in the Second Amendment. However, I refuse to debate on facebook or become negatively involved in Twitter wars on politics and other divisive topics.  Have I posted topics that my friends or followers may not agree with, yes, but I have the freedom to do that. I refuse to cross the line and have it become personal or attack my friends and/or followers for their viewpoints. I owe my allegiance to the Lord, not man, some day I will stand before Him in judgement for my thoughts, views, and actions. I believe that as a Christian I am to be a light to the world. Jesus says, in Matthew 5:14, “You are the light of the world.” And in Ephesians 5:8, “At one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.” So both of them say, Christians are light. Not only that, they both agree that, “The fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true.” The shining of your light as a Christian is bearing practical fruit in “good deeds” — “what is good and right and true.”  Good fruit is the fruit of the spirit. In Galatians 5:22-23, it states that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”   We, as Christians are expected to use the Bible as a guidebook for daily living, not merely suggestions. When one is name calling or attacking another based on different views, are the fruits of the spirit being demonstrated? As Christians it is our job to be disciples of the Lord in our daily life.  How can we teach the Gospel if we are too busy arguing on facebook or having Twitter wars trying to prove a point?  Spewing hatred is not fruitful, but does more harm than good. It is okay to agree to disagree.  As my mother once said, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.”    

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