We are in the midst of the biggest health and economic crisis of our lifetime, but there are still people using Facebook to post their political agendas, political finger pointing, hatred and bigotry, and their false sense of superiority over their neighbor. I am talking about both Republican and Democrat supporters, conservatives and liberals, as well as Christians and self-proclaimed do-gooders! I for one do not give a rip about anyone’s political preferences or conservative or liberal views, especially during this time of crisis. There may be a time for those views, but now is certainly not the time.
With the current crisis, the last thing we need is finger pointing and disingenuous religious posturing. Pointing fingers of blame and citing scripture followed by arrows of hate and ridicule of neighbors does nothing but deepen the divide in our fragmented country. To get through this crisis, we need to do something that has become quite rare for Americans – work together. There is enough blame for everyone to share without the petty constant reminders on Facebook. For those who don’t believe it, look in the mirror.
Every day, I see people post comments and memes seeking God’s intervention, and then turn around in their next post and spit out hate and disdain for neighbors who believe differently or support a different lifestyle. It is time we get real about being human beings and start acting like we care about one another! In these troubling times, how can so many pray for God’s intervention while refusing to extend a hand of compromise, peace, and love to their neighbor? They may be fooling themselves and others, but they are not fooling God.
If people want others to believe their Christian posts, they need to start acting like a Christian when they post. I have the utmost confidence Christ is neither a Republican or a Democrat, and it is highly doubtful he appreciates the hateful rhetoric some people consistently spew forth on Facebook. Crusading against your fellow man does not make a person a better Christian – it certainly does not speak well of Christianity.
If it is necessary to toss anything at a neighbor perceived as an enemy, why not try a prayer rather than ugly, heartless, and mean-spirited language? That takes no more effort while possibly healing our division and enabling us to work together as human beings truly concerned for each other’s worth and preservation. God bless our little Southern pea-picking hearts, in these troubling times, we can certainly use all the support and prayers we can muster even when our actions so often prove we are not deserving of God’s grace and healing touch.
©Jack Linton, March 20, 2020