The Book of James: Chapter 4
The internet is by far the worst best thing that has ever happened to Christianity. Don’t misunderstand me, I love the internet. I think it’s great how I can order pizza without talking to anyone, or watch a movie without buying the movie, or even run my entire house by the internet if I wanted to. I think that is great! I absolutely love the technological advances that have happened in recent history. But… But if you look at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other social media site right now you don’t see things of interest, Christians building people up with the love of Jesus, or even the foundation of the internet; pictures of puppies and kittens doing cute stuff. You don’t see any of it. You know what you do see? You see hatred. And I mean that in the very literal sense of the word. If I went on Facebook right now, I would see plenty of people that call themselves followers of Jesus Christ, who specifically said to love and pray for your enemies, posting things that are filled with hatred. I would see people that call themselves Christians posting hateful things about people that belong to a political party they disagree with, posting hatred about the people out in the streets in various cities across America, I would see hatred being posted about so many things. Then those same people, the people who claim to follow a guy who allowed himself to be crucified because of his great love for the very people that were crucifying him and spitting on him, brag about offending others or posting something derogatory or hateful.
James has something to say about this. “11 Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. 12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?” Speaking against people and hurting them is not going to win someone to Jesus. It is more than fine not to agree with them, we’re not supposed to agree with everyone. Not everyone agrees with me! It would be weird if they did! But that does not mean that we are allowed to stop actively searching for ways to love them like Jesus loves them.
I know that this is a particularly difficult topic to grasp in today’s polarized political landscape, but we have to rise above it and present an honest witness of the genuine love of Jesus. -- Pastor Alex Gebert Crossroads Wesleyan Church