We seem to be living in a culture of meanness. Many of us have forgotten how to be gentle with others. Social Media offers us a platform where we can use our voice to propagate our agenda. And whether we want to admit it or not we all have an agenda.
Agenda is not an evil word. Although the context we hear it in these days seems to imply evilness. Oxford Online Dictionary defines agenda as the underlying intentions or motives of a particular person or group. Some people use social media to voice their opinions, others to gain support for a cause they are passionate about, and sometimes it’s as simple as sharing pictures and their lives with their friends and family.
None of this is inherently bad. Where it becomes an issue is when the foundation of our voice is hate. Think about it for a moment: is what you are posting going to tear a person or a group down. Or are you building that person up with your words, pictures, and or video. Is the post targeting a certain group of people so that you can say that you are right and they are wrong? Are you calling them names (stupid, uneducated, idiots, etc)? Are you stereotyping? Are your posts promoting hate?
When did we stop being able to have meaningful discussions with people who have a different opinion than our own? Now it’s all about how loud can I yell at you to tell you that I am right and you are wrong! When did we start refusing to be friends with people who weren’t our clones?
It feels like our culture has swallowed a mean seed that has put down roots in our guts. The anger and offense is churning inside on the verge of spewing out with no warning. And social media is where we vomit the fruit of that mean seed growing in our guts.
I wonder what would happen if we stopped spewing meanness on social media? What if our posts built others up? (It doesn’t mean you have to agree with them or their opinions.) What if we celebrated our differences? And what if we stopped degrading others so that we could prove ourselves to be “right?” Imagine how much more uplifting social media would be. All the adult bullying would go away. The teenage bullying would be gone. Our opinions would simply be our opinions instead of sniper rifles aimed at anyone that isn’t exactly like us.
Let’s use social media to spread love not hate. Let’s stop feeding that mean seed in our guts. And replace it with the seed of love that will grow in our hearts and spread to others through our words and actions.
You will always harvest what you plant. Galatians 6:7b NLT
Until next time blessings and healing