For someone that has touted all the good about social media, I have come to this startling conclusion:
I’m tired of Facebook.
Actually, I’m not totally tired of Facebook. It’s allowed me to connect with friends that I haven’t had contact with in years. No, what I’m tired of is the moralizing that goes on. An example of this are those sharing of Twitter accounts where the writer chastises those who are screaming at the children making their way to the US Border. “Jesus is ashamed of you,” it reads. There are other moralizing posts shaming those who oppose same sex marriage or Republicans or Israel or whatever else. Since most of my friends are on the liberal side of spectrum, I tend to see posts on issues that are important to them, but I suspect conservatives are doing it too.
I will agree that yelling at 8-year-olds is terrible and should be called out. But the thing is, the point of these moralizing posts isn’t to correct bad behavior as much as it is to boast how we are on the side of the angels as opposed to the other poor sap. Odds are the people that need correcting will never see it since the person posting probably doesn’t have friends who might engage in such behavior.
I’m not against calling for right behavior. But these posts are simply full of self-righteous blather that are just plain mean. I don’t care how much I agree with the writer’s sentiment; I still find these Facebook posts as wrong.
One of the dark sides of social media is that it can force us into little ideological and theological cul de sacs where we feel emboldened to say all sorts of bad things about “the other.” Social media has become less of a platform for discussion than it has a place where we can show of fealty to a ideology. It’s a place where we can feel good being part of the right group and view the other with contempt.
I know that Jesus spoke out against the religious leaders of his day that had twisted the law. We want to be like Jesus; calling out those fake Christians and showing them how wrong they really are. I think too often we use what Jesus does as an excuse to be as mean as we want to.
Showing an image condemning poor behavior is not brave- for the most part it’s arrogant and mean.
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