I have a love/hate relationship with social media. I enjoy Facebook for keeping up with family and friends I do not get to see on a regular basis, and I enjoy their photos on Instagram. As a Christian blogger, I like reading other Christian blogs as iBelieve they are inspired by the Holy Spirit and I take pleasure in seeing how God works through other people to speak to me. I have a Twitter account, but I cannot recall the last time I scrolled through. I have met some very wonderful people, I can honestly call friends, through websites that brought together kindred spirits based on common life experiences and interests.
What I hate about social media is how it exhumes ugly out of people. For a while, I had to limit my time on social media because of the negative, vulgar messaging I encountered. iBelieve news organizations are ugly as well and make it their mission to skew the facts to keep ugly headlines reeling just for sensationalism. Facts interest me more than opinions.
Some people hide behind a computer screen, with or without an alias, and act like they have been given Super Ugly power to say whatever is on their mind as if they never knew what compassion and empathy were. I have never seen so much hatred as I have lately. iBelieve it is due to God being kicked out of public places He once was allowed. Our country was founded on Christian principles and I just shake my head each time I hear of another door shut on God.
Whatever happened to love your neighbor as yourself? Do unto others as you would have done unto you? iBelieve it boils down to this: hurt people, hurt people.
So why don’t we, who are not fans of the ugly in the world, do something?
I have one idea for my followers who live in the United States. New Mexico Soap has a line of bar soap called Ugly Bars.
If you know of someone that is being ugly, send them a bar and tell them to clean up their act. 🛀 Let’s work together to encourage positive social media and wipe out the negative spin it has taken.
Proverbs 8:13 (NIV)
To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.