What I read today;
Revelation 11-12; Acts 23; Jeremiah 19; Psalm 85; 1 Chronicles 18-19; Leviticus 1
Have you written a post on social media and been hit with an onslaught of comments questioning your motives? It doesn’t seem to matter what you say anymore, your motivations will be questioned.
Some years ago Paul Ryan submitted a plan to attempt to address a shortfall in social security funding. The plan clearly stated that it would only affect those under the age of 50 and would not affect current retirees at all. Democrats quickly began running ads of a Paul Ryan look-alike pushing an elderly woman on a wheelchair off a cliff.
When President Obama put a health care reform package out, in an effort to reduce rapidly rising costs and to give more people coverage, Republicans immediately said he would put “death” panels in place to determine which elderly patients would be given care and which would be given pain medication and allowed to die.
When we question people’s motives, accuse them of evil intentions, only bad things happen. Divisions occur, and in the end, we are left broken and damaged forever.
In 1 Chronicles vs. 1, King David’s contemporary King Nahash of the Ammonites died. Nahash had supported David, and there had been peace with the Ammonites during that time. David decided to send a delegation to express his remorse at his friend’s death and to offer continued peace with Nahash’s son Hanun. But paranoia set in, and the delegation was mistreated and sent away. War broke out.
Sadly, we do the same thing today. We question the motives of anyone we come into contact with. Social media is a cesspool of this type of behavior. It has led to division and anger across the world.
Christians, who should know better, are in the middle of the attacks.
We can make the world a better place if we stop assuming that people have the worst intentions and start believing they have the best intentions. If we disagree with someone, that’s ok. Disagreements do not have to turn into all-out warfare. We can help to end the anger and distrust by showing in our deeds that we believe in the best of humanity, not the worst!