It was hilarious, really.
A person I am Facebook friends with (but not real friends with) posted a very unkind comment about people who support the presidential candidate that I happen to support. Basically, she said we are heartless, self-serving illegitimate children who hate the elderly and the poor.
Feeling unusually feisty (maybe it was the caffeine and sugar from the large glass of sweet tea I’d had at lunch), I posted a brief and friendly rebuttal, complete with smiley face. Several other people jumped in and “liked” my response, which, as you Facebookers know, is a clear indication of true brilliance. (wink) Over the next few hours a number of people added their own comments in opposition to the original post.
Well, it turns out that my rebuttal and all the “likes” and subsequent comments hurt the original poster’s feelings. So we all got a scolding. Boy, did we get a scolding! How dare we cram our political views down other people’s throats? The tirade ended with a threat to defriend (or is it unfriend?) us all for being so rude.
I know I was supposed to feel chastised, but honestly, I had to laugh.
I heard a fellow say one time that you can’t be on Facebook unless you agree to take “stupid pills.” I know exactly what he means. People say things on Facebook that are completely daft. That’s bad enough. But then they often feel persecuted if someone dares to disagree with them. And, worst of all, they forget that they fired the first volley!
If you use Facebook, please take note of this: there is no requirement for Facebook users to be stupid. Really, it’s a myth. I know that when you scroll through your news feed it sure seems like lots of prescriptions for stupid pills have been written, but it’s really just people not using good judgment.
Please, please please…think through your Facebook posts before you send them out into the world. Especially if you’re a Christian. Posted words can be just as damaging to your witness as spoken words.
One of my favorite sayings was coined long before Facebook, but it is especially relevant for Facebook users: “It’s better to be quiet and let people think you’re a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”