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Today's Gospel: Luke 6:27-38
It appears to be commonly accepted in today’s climate that if someone disagrees with you, they are wrong, and their opinion should be shouted down. Visit almost any social media platform and attempt to express an opinion on almost any topic to see it in action.
In my own neighborhood Facebook group, I’ve seen people get downright ugly to their neighbors over whether it is appropriate to zipper merge immediately before a lane closure or merge as far back as possible. Hundreds of comments getting more and more heated about pothole repairs! (Which are something we should all be happy about.)
When I expressed my outrage at all the outrage online, my friends tell me it’s just the way society is now. For a moment, I disagreed; and then I realized that even though I might not be commenting in those arguments, I am judging my neighbors by how they’re commenting.
Jesus preached to love your enemies, be merciful, stop judging, and forgive. And I believe He meant even those I disagree with on Twitter or Facebook. So how do I love, be merciful, not judge and forgive on social media? For starters, instead of an ugly response (either typed or in my head), I must pray for the person and for myself. Next, I can go out of my way to say something kind to someone I’m at odds with online. And finally, the best way to love them might be to unfollow, unfriend, or mute them online and simply be their friend in person.
It’s almost expected these days to hate your enemies, but if I am to continue to follow Jesus, I must try harder to love all my enemies, including those I disagree with online.
How do I love, be merciful, not judge and forgive others I disagree with on social media?
Lord, help me to love and be merciful to whomever I meet and interact with today, both in person and online.
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It’s almost expected these days to hate your enemies, but if I am to continue to follow Jesus, I must try harder to love all my enemies, including those I disagree with online. #dailygospel
Copyright 2020 Lisa Henley Jones
About the Author
Lisa Henley Jones is a wife, mom, native Texan, and parish communications director. She enjoys reading, walking, going on date nights, and cheering on her kids in their activities. As a social media consultant, Lisa teaches Catholic parishes to engage, inspire, and evangelize on social media. Find her blog at Of Sound Mind & Spirit and her social media course at Parish Social Media.