You DO realize people are watching … Right??

2 Dec

Honestly, if there were not so many people using Facebook and social media to contact me, I would leave it all.  In a heartbeat.

Usually when I post something like this, I lose a few friends.  That is quite alright.  You don’t have to read this.  You don’t have to agree.  We can disagree and still be friends.  But I have watched this year.

I have seen friends come to blows over politics.  Over football.  Over things that are really insignificant in the grand scheme of life.

I have watched ministers, and leaders of local ministries, and public servants post things that were the equivalent of throwing an emotional hand-grenade into a crowded room.  And, people fall for it.  And fight.  And it does NOT glorify God at all.  And I know, deep in my heart, that God grieves.  And these men and women are falling into a trap.  They are kissing their credibility to do ministry good-bye.  I know I have lost respect for some people I love in the past few weeks.  It is sad.

And I huff, and I puff, and I try to remind them their words matter.  And my words fall on ears that do not hear and hearts that do not perceive.  (Honestly, I have no idea WHY it grieves my heart so much to watch this, but it does…  I have made mistakes, too.  Maybe that is why I am so aware of this.)

I guess if I could say one thing to EVERYONE, it would be this:  Do you realize the words you share are READ by far more people than you would imagine??  And that they might be making judgments about the Kingdom of God, about YOUR church and ministry, and about our community, BASED on your words??  Whether that be fair or unfair??

I wish EVERYONE would realize that our words matter.  Choose them wisely.  You want to make a splash in your world???  Show them Christ.  Show them positivity.  Show them love.

 

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