Above the Fray

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You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.
-James 1:19

The other day I posted what I thought was a humorous dig by satirist Andy Borowitz on my Facebook page. It hit back at conservative accusations that President Obama does not love America. So I felt justified about the mud-slinging. On reflection, though, I decided to remove the post.

I thought about Pres. Obama himself and realized that he has always – at least publicly – stayed above the fray in attacks on his citizenship, religious beliefs, and patriotism. It is tempting, and all too easy, to call someone names or cast baseless aspersions at the person. More than ever, though, in this age of instant communication via the internet, it is important to heed the wise words from the Bible’s book of James.

Recently a Facebook friend has been posting information about a Bible study series called “Keep It Shut.” It is based on a book by Karen Ehman that encourages women to think before they speak and, in some cases, know when not to speak at all. Clearly, people are seeing the need to start taking the high road in our online (and offline) communications.

I am not advocating silence in the face of injustice. I am not saying people shouldn’t share their opinions and ideas on Facebook. But we could all stand to be a little more thoughtful in the way we communicate our point of view.

As the title of my blog indicates, I am quite opinionated and more than happy to share my opinions with everyone else. But I resolve to avoid ad hominem attacks and name-calling while doing so. I may still chuckle when I read a clever put down by Andy Borowitz, but I will think before I Share.

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3 thoughts on “Above the Fray

  1. I sympathize with your feelings here… over the past year I’ve tried very hard to stay completely out of online “debates” (if you can even call them that) for the very simple reason that I care too much. Usually I get immensely frustrated with the other “debator’s” unwillingness to divorce themselves from passion and talk about things logically. I’ve found my life is much more peaceful now that I refrain from wading into the fray!

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      • I don’t mean in any way to imply that you shouldn’t get involved and enjoy it! I just personally ended up needing to take a step back. When I ended up getting angry every time I looked at Facebook… that was enough. 😛

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