Y’all, I’ve had this post in my head for a while now. There were so many ways that I considered going with this post. It started off as me jumping on my soapbox and thinking rant-y thoughts. Then it evolved into something a little more reflective. I’m still not sure where I’m going with this. We’ll see how it goes.
Okay, deep breaths. I will just come out and say it. I’ve been struggling with all of the negativity I have noticed lately. It’s on Twitter. It’s on Facebook. It’s in real life. It all started somewhere around the time of the great Chick-Fil-A debate of summer 2012. Maybe it’s because this is an election year, but people seem to be more outspoken then ever before. This is both a blessing and a curse. As you can probably gather from my hesitancy to post this, I’m here to talk about the curse side of things.
First of all, I want to say LOUD AND CLEAR that I am all for standing up for what you believe in. This is something as Christians that we should do more of. What has bothered me lately is the ATTITUDE behind some of the debates on social media I’ve witnessed. There is a big difference between speaking the truth in love and being snarky, rude, and just plain hateful. We all sin and fall short. It almost seems like in some instances people are arguing for the sake of arguing and that has been what has bothered me. Yes, I want to stand up for my faith and share it with others. At the same time, I want to live in a way that when debates arise, people won’t be surprised at my stand. They will already know where I’m coming from.
Let’s don’t forget love. Let’s put concern for other souls as our main motivation in taking a stand. Let’s keep sharing our faith and letting our light shine. A little bit of love goes a long way.
Personal sidebar: I let this negativity get to me. It discouraged me. Then, I started making an effort to turn it around. It has made me examine myself and make some changes. I’m trying to be a little more positive with every passing day. I’m trying to think more about reaching the lost. Please pray with and for me.