As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse! Galatians 1:9 (NIV).
I wonder what Paul would say about us and social media.
On this blog, I’ve stated it before: I struggle with social media Just yesterday, I spent several hours, ‘discussing’ a particular topic with someone, first on my page, then on theirs. We never did agree, and I finally muted all notifications about the topic. It became toxic and I’m partly to blame. I was unkind (as were they), and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t other arguers ill in my mind. In the end, I ‘unfriended’ this person and walked away; in the end, nothing good came out of the whole thing.
Last year, I resolved to back away from the socials. So far, that hasn’t happened. I wonder what Paul would think about that. Smart money is part of his response would include this verse or something like it.
Things like social media divide us, force us apart on matters that aren’t much in God’s bigger plan. His plan involves sharing His love, joy, and peace. Ours doesn’t, and the socials feed on our plan. We feed the socials. Fomenting that division puts us in danger of being the fools who listen to a gospel – seemingly good news that really isn’t – that endangers much more than civil conversation.
The Apostle wasn’t a control freak, and he wasn’t being vengeful or spiteful in desiring others to be under God’s curse. He understood the power of bad information, and he understood how lies and misinformation could literally lead to killing. That was the world in which he’d operated until Christ confronted him. Paul understood the deadly seriousness of upholding God’s word so that God’s love, joy, and peace might have a chance to be preached in a world that usually rejected them.
Even in our interconnected world, it isn’t too late to share those things; to spread God’s grace instead of division. All it takes is saying “no.” All it takes is wishing well on others instead of tearing them down. After all, the last word isn’t worth much if it’s used to rip someone in half. None of us deserve that…
…Especially since Jesus wants so much more for us. He died to prove it.
What would Paul think of Facebook? Or Twitter, or the others? Who knows? All I do know is that I feel dirty for talking there and sullying the Lord and His Word when I should do more to stand by it.
For further reading: Romans 16:17, Galatians 1:10
Lord, forgive my stupid self. Help me to forgive others. And to do better, to do what You would have me do, say what You’d have me say.
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