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January 20, 2017 | Star 99.1 Staff
It's on fire, if your Facebook Newsfeed is anything like mine these days. Lots of incendiary posts, some sprinkled with profanity, quoting suspect statistics, or just mean-spirited Photoshopping. It's all difficult to look at, especially since the folks who post them are supposed to be my friends, in Facebook World anyway. Will we ever return to the days of posting cat videos and what we had for lunch?
Such emotion-based turmoil, on Facebook, in the news, and beyond. How we respond to the negative can have an impact, not only on ourselves, but on those who are so overwhelmed by political circumstances that they would resort to angry name calling.
The Bible is our guidebook for life. And when peace alludes us, it offers comfort and direction. We can respond by following Christ's example:
"Follow God's example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." Ephesians 5:1 & 2
Avoid the trap of responding in kind to anger, respond instead with good:
"In everything, set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching, show integrity, seriousness, and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us." Titus 2:7&8
And kindness is a bigger draw in the long run:
"Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander" 1 Peter 3:15 & 16.
As we draw closer to the example of Christ, speaking honestly and in love, perhaps some will follow.