The Social Media Bloodbath
In the world of social media, an oft virtual boxing ring for the blood-thirsty to swing at their opponent while wide-eyed onlookers jump in with a few blows of their own for good measure, it would pose the question of how the dedicated disciple of Christ should engage or disengage from a medium that is all too commonly used to secrete self-gratifying venom.
As the world prepares to meet her King, evil is most definitely ramping up and with this, the corruption of truth is most evident. The days of legitimate, unbiased reporting is well over and her replacement is her ugly sister where an agenda-driven, anti-christ slewing of the truth is the new norm.
Donald Trump is one such man who, by his own confession, is trying to make America great again. He says that he wants to right some of the wrongs that have been put in place by previous administrations but is constantly coming under attack by the leftist militant approach in undermining his efforts in a very public way.
No matter what you think about Trump, Christians are urged by the Word of God not to jump on the bandwagon. Instead, we are to pray for our leaders. A disciple of Jesus should be patient and peaceful. Our life should be spent more in prayer than venting our opinions on social media.
1 Timothy 2:1-4
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the know.
So how should we respond at such a time as this?
Romans 12:21 reminds us, ‘Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.’
So how does one overcome evil with good? Let’s read from verse 9.
"Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”
If Jesus were on earth today (in human form), I would suspect He would be focused on the job at hand and not involve Himself in the cesspool of lies placed as a stumbling block on the road of the saints in an attempt to distract them from their mission. Jesus only addressed His opponents when they approached Him with their evil plotting. His answer was for the benefit of those who had ears to hear the truth. He turned their evil into good. Jesus spent His time preaching truth - this was His focus. He did not focus on the gossip, slander, innuendo and lies being whispered about Him in darkness. Let darkness utter their perversions but those of the truth should focus on speaking and walking in the truth. Jesus didn’t even defend Himself against the lies spoken against Him during His trial. He didn’t lift up His voice because He was a Lamb going to the slaughter. Instead, He did the Father’s will as it was written of Him.
Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.
As Christians, we have an active enemy who will try to undermine the work of spreading the gospel and the teaching of the saints. We should not waste time with time wasters. The thing about time is that time reveals much. Everything in the right time will be revealed. Patience is required.
Let evil-doers be caught up with slinging mud and speaking death, but let the saint speak words of life that lead to life. The evil-doer will reap the reward of their own hand, but the saint will reap the reward of God’s strong hand and outstretched arm.
...with a strong hand and an outstretched arm, for his steadfast love endures forever.
Indeed, truth overcomes lies.
- Judah Ayling