There’s an interesting paradox in social media. It’s one that connects us in ways that we’ve never been able to connect before yet at the same time imposes a screen between our human interactions. That often results in removing the human element of those relationships.
When you stop and think about it, that’s terrifying.
If all we see is a screen name, we miss the other person. We miss their story. We ignore their worries and struggles. We miss their triumphs. We don’t see their loves. We overlook their emotions.
Then, we spout off our opinions.
We toss out careless words that injure and harm.
All of that is bad enough.
But sometimes we do these things and justify it for “the sake of righteousness” or because “we’re standing up for Christ.” That confuses me. If the God of the Universe has such an intense love for the person on the other side of the screen or the person/people I am posting about that He was willing to suffer and die in each one of their places, what right have I to tear down or speak badly of them?
I imagine a world, in which believers bring healing with the words and images they post. I can picture a connected world, where somehow we are able to offer a glass of water or healing balm to others through the screen that once separated and divided us. If we, as Christians, could really grasp our potential to truly love our neighbors (even our global neighbors) as ourselves through our social media interactions, we would rock this planet. I can barely wrap my mind around what God could do if we were to just stop… stop valuing “taking a stand” by standing against the very people He loves. And instead, just love. Love them through our words and our actions. The impact would be significant.