Next weekend I am going on a canoe trip down the mighty Mississauga river. This week I realized that I had a canoe that needed fixing. So as the best laid plans of mice and men can go awry, today’s post is quite different from what was originally planned.
That being said, it does dovetail rather nicely into yesterday’s post, “Calling Out the Good in Technology”. The sermon at my church on Sunday dealt with how we respond to social media, and there were quite a number of “quotable quotes” which got me thinking a lot about how I interact on social media. Do any of these quotes grab you by the shirt collar and give you a little shake? How have you found yourself reacting on social media? Let us know in the comments what you think?
From passive-aggressive notes on ambulance windshields to bilious political discourse, it feels as though society is suddenly consumed by fury. What is to blame for this outpouring of aggression? ~ Zoe Williams
Perhaps the only thing we can agree on at this painfully divisive moment in our history is that all this anger and derision in which we’re marinating isn’t healthy. Not for us, not for our kids and certainly not for the country. But… we can’t seem to quit. We’re so primed to be mad about something every morning. It’s almost disappointing when there isn’t an infuriating tweet to share or a bit of our moral turf to defend waiting on our phones. ~ Susanna Schrobsdorff
Political polarization is both the United States and Canada seems to increase every year. Those on the left appear to move ever farther to the left; while those on the right find less and less in common with their fellow citizens. The political rhetoric has, in fact, escalated to a toxic level. ~ Philip Salzman
I’ve been thoroughly dismayed by Facebook the past couple of years. Maybe it’s a quirk of memory, but I don’t remember my feed being so full of political sparring and overwhelming anger between 2009-2012. Outrage has become the default position of my peers, and it doesn’t show any sign of diminishing. ~ Jason Hreha
Jason should see my Facebook feed! He’d see that theological sparring is catching up with political sparring. ~ Darrel Winger
I’m so weary of the “call out” culture. We need a call forth culture instead. Calling forth the best in people. Calling forth compassion, gratitude, empathy. Calling forth justice. Calling forth beauty, goodness, wonder. Calling forth courage. ~ Diana Butler Bass
But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. ~ 1 Peter 3:15
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. ~ Romans 12:17-18
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. ~ Matthew 5:9
God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefor Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:19
For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him (Jesus), and through him to reconcile to himself all things. ~ Colossians 1:19-20
Peacemaking doesn’t mean passivity. It’s the act of interrupting injustice without mirroring injustice, the act of disarming evil without destroying the evil doer, the act of finding a third way that is neither fight nor flight but the careful, arduous pursuit of reconciliation and justice. ~ Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
THINK before you communicate (speak, tweet, post).
T: Is it true
H: Is it helpful?
I: Is it inspiring?
N: Is it necessary?
K: Is it kind?
God gives us discernment in the lives of others to call us to intercession for them, never so that we may find fault in them. ~ Oswald Chambers
The Hebrew concept of Shalom (peace), isn’t merely about the cessation of hostilities, but also about the restoring of right relationship. ~ Mike Bell
As always, your thoughts and comments are welcome.