We have a negativity problem on social media.
We rant about certain Presidential candidates, or we rant with equal fervor about those who don’t support said candidates.
We moan about gas shortages or the long lines at the pump, or we leverage the crisis to moan about fossil fuels or why we all can’t just use bicycles.
We grumble about faddish cultural phenomena like Pokémon Go or the latest top-40 song, or we grumble at the grumblers for criticizing our pet fad.
We hurl insults at athletes who speak out on race issues, or we hurl insults at athletes who don’t speak out.
We disparage gun owners, or we disparage anyone who speaks negatively about firearms.
And the media! How we all love to heap insults upon the media, this purportedly debased, monolithic entity with sneering, moustache-twirling executives in smoke-filled rooms planning the destruction of the American Dream. All of us — right or left, conservative or liberal — can find ways to complain about the media.
And that’s just a sample of our negativity on social media. I’m sure you could add a few items to the list.
As I scroll down my feeds, I see us circling a never-ending pit of cynicism, negativity and snark — aimed directly at those who don’t see the complex world exactly as we do. And I know that I’m part of the problem.
Here’s the worst part: These complaints spew from we who claim the name of Christ. This negativity flows from we who claim to have the world’s greatest hope.