Now, I know this may not apply to all of you but let’s all just sit and talk for a minute. I’ve been very disturbed by something I have been seeing: The willingness and enjoyment by Christians to say derogatory, hateful, judgmental, and mean things about celebrities, politicians, and people on “reality” TV.
This is nothing new. It’s not something that the church can blame on us crazy millennials, or “society today.” But with social media it’s a lot easier for the world, and other Christians, to see it. Not to mention, it’s a lot easier to fall into the bad habit of it.
So here is what I have to say: KNOCK. IT. OFF.
It’s okay not to approve of the world. But it’s not okay to turn that disapproval into gossip and hatred.
I know it seems so easy. That people who wear meat or dance on stage in their underwear seem to be “asking for it” but ya know what? You are a Christian. A follower of Jesus Christ.
So KNOCK. IT. OFF.
Don’t agree with someone’s politics? Say so when appropriate, vote your heart, but there is no reason for judgmental and hateful language to be thrown around at individuals.
Don’t want your child listening to someone’s music? Speak up and set rules for your family, but don’t make derogatory comments about that person’s moral health or where they will go when they die.
Don’t like someone’s outfit? Then say it’s not for you, and move on.
Don’t like someone’s lifestyle you see on “reality” TV? Too bad, don’t watch, pray for them, and move on. What you are seeing is probably not “reality” anyways.
This disgusting speech and comments about people’s value based on their weight, whether or not they “deserved” to have something bad happen to them, or something as simple as you don’t like the movie they starred in, is no reason to ignore what Jesus has called us to do.
Need I remind you:
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”- Luke 6:37 NIV
“Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister[a] or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?” -James 4:11-12 NIV
1 Corinthians 5:12 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Ephesians 4:2 1 John 4:7
Matthew 5:43-48 Matthew 7:1-5 1 Peter 1:22 Romans 2:1-3
Romans 13:8 Romans 16:17-18
Just to name a few…
If you wouldn’t say it about the bank teller or grocery check out lady, your best friend, or the people you serve on a missions trip—Then KNOCK. IT. OFF.
I know it may seem like celebrities and anyone making over a million dollars “deserve” it or make themselves easy targets, but Jesus calls us to be better than that. So be better than that.
Do you think non-Christians are impressed by your hateful chatter? Do you think they are going “that’s someone representing the values they preach”? No.
So KNOCK. IT. OFF.
Do you think that the hateful words don’t reach the people they are about? Or their mothers, spouses, friends, and children? It does.
I once heard a famous director’s (who is Christian) wife (who isn’t Christian) say that the hateful things Christians have said about her husband, to her, and, worse, to her child, because of the movies he has made, has made her never want to be a Christian or even give them a chance. She hates Christians, because from what she has seen, they hate her.
So KNOCK. IT. OFF.
I reiterate, it’s okay not to approve of the world. But it’s not okay to turn that disapproval into gossip and hatred.
Be better than that and KNOCK. IT. OFF.