One of my favorite CLC’ers writes, “With our culture being so divided politically & racially, resulting in the spread of so much hate through news media & social media, how are we as Christians to respond? Surely we must speak out against evil, but it seems when we do so, we can easily fall into the same trap of fighting hate with hate, instead of responding in love.
GREAT question, not only because it is such a hot topic currently, but also because so many of us as Christ followers seem to be unsure of how to respond, with some of us adding fuel to the fire of division with our social media posts, etc. – while still other believers remain silent and seemingly ignore the issue in the hopes of keeping peace. Here’s my take:
- Jesus said, “blessed are the peacemakers” and that means we don’t throw gasoline on the fires of division; we seek reconciliation.
- James 3:17-18 speaks God’s practical wisdom for those times we find ourselves in these kind of situations.
- Proverbs 18:21 in the Message translation says, “Words kill, words give life;
they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.” That’s a great reminder, whether we’re speaking or posting on social media, that we have a choice. I encourage you to think about the potential affect of your words before you post and before you open your mouth. And the New Testament passage in Philippians 4:8-9 gives us great counsel for what to think about!
- This may not be Scripture (it’s a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), but it’s undeniable truth:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction….
The chain reaction of evil — hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars — must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.”
That’s my position. What’s yours? Leave a comment below-
Join us this Sunday (Aug. 27) for the “HOT SEAT”, when our pastors will answer your spontaneous questions….it should be fun!