Lenten Reflections 3rd Wednesday of Lent Social Media #1


PM James Hacker: Surely we should use the debate to promote peace, harmony, goodwill.
Sir Humphrey Appleby: Well it would be most unusual. The UN is the accepted forum for the expression of international hatred.

Yes Prime Minister A Victory for Democracy 1986

Today let’s talk social media, or more accurately what’s become anti-social media.

Social media can be a boon, quick communication, the ability to reach millions, a place where ideas can be debated and exchanged.

Alas it has become a place to express hatred and because we never see the person we tweet to for example or we don’t see the person on facebook that we reply AND because we have the ability to reply at once before we think, we find it so easy to say things that we would never dream of saying to someone in person because you’re just typing on a screen.

However it should never be forgotten that you’re tweeting to or at an actual person, loved by God whose sins Jesus Christ died for and thus your brother.

And what did St. John say in his 1st letter?:

Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life remaining in him.

1 John 3:15

And more importantly what did Christ say?

You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, ‘You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.’  But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raqa,’ will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna.

Matthew 5:21-24

Sure it might feel good to vent on social media, but given the price Christ says we’ll pay I hardly think it’s worth it.

So go ahead, engage and debate on social media but this Lent let’s resolve to remember that God loves that person just as much as you.