Twitter, Trolls and Taming the Tongue

This week, former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling made headlines when he stood up for his daughter and her honor while trying to share a proud moment on Twitter about her being accepted into college.  Some disgusting characters took the opportunity to make vile comments about this 17 year old girl.  Schilling had enough and tracked down a couple of the guys who made some of the horrible comments.  He exposed them online and one of them was punished by his employer and while the other was suspended from the community college he attended.

These online bullies hid behind the supposed anonymity of their computer screens and thought they could say whatever came to their twisted minds, tearing down someone they didn’t even know.  These guys almost perfectly fit the description for Gentiles (unbelievers) found in Ephesians 4:18-19, “They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.  Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.”  Their actions on Twitter revealed their true nature.

Our society continues to spiral downward.  Lewd conduct is celebrated.  Disgusting language seems to have become the norm.  In many areas, our society lacks self-control, civility, and decency.  1 John 2:15-17 warns us not to love the world or anything in the world.  Even in secret or behind the illusion of safety behind our computer screens and smartphones, we must reject the desires of the world and turn our desires to God and chase after His will in our lives.

As we consider that we are to live our lives among those who would pervert everything that is pure, we must remain separate in our attitudes and actions.  Ephesians 4:29 says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”  We may not “troll” people on Twitter.  We may not shame people on Facebook.  But if you are tearing people down (even those you don’t know), you are not edifying others.  You are further enabling those around you to engage in verbal attacks.

Let us be known for our kind spirit, loving heart, and a willingness to always encourage others.  Let us be seen as the light of the world.  Let us be seen as children of the Living God.

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