A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35 ESV)
I read a post this week by Candace Cameron Bure that was shared by a friend on Facebook. She was lamenting on how some Christian women had been judging her . . . and her family:
“Social networking can be a blessing, but it can also be a curse. I'm usually pretty cool about all the negative comments and judgmental opinions (from other Christians) I receive under my posts every day, but when you start talking about my children and MY way of parenting when you don't even know me (but from a screen), my mama bear claws come out.”
Wow. We do have mama bear claws, don’t we ladies? Being a public figure, Candace takes on her share of judgmental comments, but I guess people stepped over the line. But should there really have to be a line? Why do we brutalize each other so?
I cringe when I think of women fighting in any form, but on social media it does affect our witness all that much more. We should be exuding such affection and joy in our relationship with Christ and each other, that non-believers are drawn to the light. Not running for the nearest exit. And if we have concerns, our first act should be one of hitting our knees and praying for our sister, of asking the Lord to guide her, bless her, and correct her if that is what is needed . . . not blasting each other on social media.
Father, forgive us for tearing into each other. Oh how we need a fresh filling from you, Holy Spirit, that we would take on the fruits of Your character . . . love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Let us be a bright, beckoning light for You! In Jesus’ name, Amen!