Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights. (2 Timothy 2:23)
Relate: Honestly, I was actually surprised with my most recent facebook browse. When I decided what verse to use for today, I jumped over there expecting more of the usual. Apparently, it isn’t a very controversial newsday. There’s no gun laws vs 2nd amendment debates, no gay marriage vs traditional family fights, and no Halloween pro/con arguments currently running. I think part of that is because I have silenced quite a few of the usual suspects. Of my 961 friends, a good hundred of them just do not show up on my feed anymore. I only know what they might be saying if I hop over and visit their page. That said, all I could find in the foolish/stupid/controversial categories were a couple “Share this is you…” spam pictures and a “defund planned parenthood” link. Oh, there was this one video of a little girl leading a horse by the reigns. I kept hoping the horse would eat her hat or something. No luck… boring.
Of course, there are a couple facebook groups that I could hop into where I can guarantee there would be some running debates. There always are. In a way, I am glad for such groups. It gives an outlet for those crazies who simply have to argue everything. Oh, yah, I did also see a cousin post, “I asked [his son] Lucas why he argues with [his other son] Peter over the dumbest things. He said, ‘Because he’s wrong.’ Hard to defeat that logic.”
Part of the problem I see on facebook is when two sides collide absolutely convinced that the other side is “wrong”. Most of the time, I would tend to agree with one of the two sides… but in taking the argument into a forum like facebook, both sides are wrong. When logical debate devolves into argument, no matter how right your opinion might be… you’re wrong. There are no winners in an argument.
React: Even if we are not debating foolish or pointless things, in facebook, are we doing it in other places. Do I have to always get in that last word? Is it possible for me to disagree, and state my disagreement without sparking an argument? Have I ever truly convinced anyone of anything once I have had to raise my voice to prove my point? Is this issue more important than this relationship? Can things like politics and the Yankees/Red Sox or RM/Barca or… ever be passionately discussed while still demonstrating love? Am I capable of this or would I be better off just keeping my mouth shut?
God, help me to guard me tongue. Even when it is not audible words that I am speaking, guide my fingers across that keyboard. Help me to understand that being love is far, far, far more important than being right. Give me wisdom to know when “delete” is a better choice than “send”. Let me be Your light in every form of interaction that I use. Let me manifest Your love wherever I might be.