I was scrolling through my Twitter feed today when I came across a post from someone I haven’t met IRL, but whose take on issues I’ve learned to appreciate. It read (and I’m deliberately not linking to the original post, lest the original writer get slammed):
It appears yesterday, being Good Friday, was a free day for Christians to bash non-Christians on FB. At least on posts I saw. Is this new?
The first response was also not encouraging:
But in general, vitriol between Christians and non-Christians is pretty par for the course on the web.
I replied to both of the posters thusly:
wish I could refute your comments about vitriolic Christians, but the evidence is overwhelming.Don’t condemn all tho
(The joys of being limited to 140 characters.)
To which the reply from the original poster was:
Nope. Just the behaviours.
Now, the original post was seven hours ago, and I’ve found my mind circling back to it throughout that time.
Why do people who purport to be ambassadors for Jesus “bash” people in a “vitriolic” fashion (and I could think of even stronger terms to use)? Are they unaware of how poorly they’re living out the faith (I hope) they’ve been taught?
I know I’m privileged to be attending a church that is part of the Anabaptist tradition, where bashing (physical or verbal/textual) and vitriol are not part of the DNA, but if anyone reading these words was among those harangued by these people, please let me extend my sincerest apology.
Please don’t judge us all by the yahoos among us (and I guess I’m guilty of judging them).