My creeping would lead me to some of the most outrageous comments! I would crack up wondering how people came up with this stuff and where they got the guts to actually post it! And every now and again, I’d join in on the foolishness by adding a comment of my own, garnering a resounding yassss or laughing/crying emoji in return.
Then things changed. It wasn’t entertaining anymore. The comment section became a place where fan bases would force you to choose which female emcee was the “Queen of Rap ” when it was totally unrelated to the topic, might I add! It became a place where racist trolls would post hate-fueled comments in a pathetic attempt to bait blacks into arguing with them. A place where ridicule was not only accepted but in most cases EXPECTED. People were just plain, ole mean!
So one day, I stopped myself mid-comment and thought, “Who cares?” There were crickets. The truth was, my opinion on this celeb’s new relationship, hairstyle, etc just didn’t matter, especially if it wasn’t uplifting to begin with! Maybe they thought that lipstick color was poppin’ or that their lace front was laid. Who was I to judge? And more importantly, the Bible makes clear that as Christians, our conversations should be on a whole other level.
Here’s four scriptures to read/ meditate on whenever we’re tempted to leave a nasty or shady comment:
1. Psalm 19:14 (NIV)
“May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, My Rock and My Redeemer.”
2. James 3: 8-11 (NIV)
“… but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. ”
3. Colossians 4:6 (NIV)
“Let your conversations always be full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
4. Proverbs 18:21 (NIV)
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
What’s your take? Do you think it’s just harmless fun or have we as a society become so mean for no reason? How does this fall in line with your religious beliefs?
– A Black Girl About Town