One does not have to spend more than about three minutes online these days to realize that it is lousy with outrage.
In times like these, it’s more important than ever for Christians to take some time to think if their reaction to internet attention seekers and trolls, ignorant memes, clickbait headlines, fake news, etc. will be edifying to the body of Christ before they opine.
When we speak, post, or comment about something, no matter how outrageous we have been led to believe it is, do we have love and God’s glory or our own pride, outrage addiction, or social or political motives in mind? Are we weighing in with something substantive that encourages reasonable discourse or just tearing someone else down and/or feeding the outrage with misguided and mean-spirited ignorance of our own?
If we don’t speak with the Holy Spirit’s guiding of 1 Corinthians 13 then the world will only hear us as a very loud, annoying, banging cymbal.
Yes, very loud, annoying, banging cymbals get noticed and get attention. But, is that the kind of attention we should desire?
“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.”