Watch out world! I have been down for the count with the flu for the last week and a half. I didn’t have energy to put on real pants let alone type, but I as my strength has come back, so has my sass. Welcome to my Sassy Friday Post-Flu Edition.
While Lance Armstrong and Manti Te’o have hogged the news this week, you have, no doubt also heard about the new gun control initiatives from the White House.
We all have opinions about guns – Either you think all of us should be allowed to have them, you think some of us should be allowed to have them, or you think that none of us should be allowed have them. (OK, that’s simplified but you probably fall into one of those categories give or take).
I’m not going to argue what you should think about guns here on the blog today. Honestly, I haven’t recovered enough from the flu to respond to the comments that would ensue. (If you want to read a great article about a Christian response to gun control, read this article.) But here’s what I’m healthy enough to tackle today: Christian Temper Tantrums. This week, I saw a whole lot of temper tantrums sparked over the issue of gun control.
Call me a hipster, but I’m over social media tantrums.
I’m especially over outspoken Christians who are tantruming on social media. I’m over Christians ranting and raving and sensationalizing political initiatives. I’m over Christians saying we have a dictator for a president. I’m over Christians spending more time talking poorly about our leaders than praying for them. I’m over Christians confusing their political opinions with the gospel.
I don’t get all hot and bothered because I disagree with folks, I get hot and bothered because the majority of the social media temper tantrums I see are
a) not well-informed (ie uneducated)
c) not productive
d) giving Christians a bad reputation
Christians, please do your research. The Bible talks about desiring knowledge and wisdom. Make sure that you are consulting varied news sources for your information. Just like with research papers in school, it’s best to have varied sources to verify information. News sources are no different, check your sources; vary your sources.
Christians, we are in an information age. People are passing information faster than ever before. But just like that game “telephone” we all used to play in elementary school, information gets changed as it gets passed from person to person. Let’s not get worked up because of something that so and so heard from so and so. Let’s not let our favorite news caster spark fear. Again, go back to the last point and do your research. Also, keep perspective. Remember in what country we live. Remember that there are people in the world who are starving, people who don’t have clean drinking water, people who are killed because of their ethnicity or religion. Keep perspective about where you opinions fall in the grand scheme of the problems of the world. Your ability to own as many guns as you want is less important than the 27 million people who are enslaved today in the world. (Keepin’ it real since 1982 folks).
Christians, we are supposed to be light in darkness, we are supposed to add savor and flavor to the world. If all we are adding is negativity, we aren’t doing a great job at our job. If all we do is complain about things, we aren’t spreading good news. If all we do is bash our leaders when we are commanded to pray for them, we aren’t in line. Instead of posting complaints and rants, let’s post about what we care about. Let’s give solutions, not just problems.
Lastly, Christians, we have a responsibility to one another to uphold the reputation of our brothers and sisters. As an outspoken Christian, my attitudes, behaviors, and comments affect the public opinion about Christians in general. That’s a weighty responsibility. Please remember that in your words, conversations, and social media posts and I’ll try to do the same.
In summary, no one likes a 2 year old tantrum, but it’s sort of expected and definitely understandable. No one likes an adult tantrum; it’s unexpected and undesirable, period.