Christians gone wild

I spent a lot less time on social media than I used to. I check my Twitter and Facebook feeds every day, but I don’t spend more than a few minutes on either. More times than not, I get in on the tail end of some controversy which has erupted on Twitter. Such was the case when I began seeing tweets in my timeline from folks coming absolutely UNGLUED in the aftermath of this tweet sent out by Mark Driscoll on Inauguration Day:

You know…

It’s not like Driscoll is known for his tact. This is hardly the first time he’s offended thousands of people. I have to believe he fully expected a huge backlash because of this tweet, and that’s exactly what he got.

There’s more. Much more. If you’re interested, you can read his entire timeline. Shaun King (who has over 31,500 followers and lists “Jesus Follower” on his timeline) later apologized for his language, but stood by his outrage as a result of Driscoll’s tweet. I don’t question for a moment that Mr. King’s outrage was genuine, and I’m sure many others, regardless of their political affiliations, were offended by Mark Driscoll’s tweet.

But seriously, people…

When you go off on someone on such a public forum, you end up looking like a self-righteous attention whore. I’m not trying to single out Shaun King. I’m sure there were plenty of others going off on Driscoll. I just happened to see his tirade because @Learell is in my “Friends” column on Tweetdeck, and when I saw this exchange, it made me curious about what I had missed:

Shaun King doesn’t know Learell from Adam. As far as I know, this is the first interaction either has had with one another. Yet King assumes Learell agreed with what Driscoll said.

Twitter is not the platform for meaningful dialogue about complex issues or passionate debates about politics, religion, or…well…anything.

It’s Twitter, people!

It’s pithy comments of 140 characters or less. The odds of your words being misunderstood and/or taken out of context are pretty high. Those odds go up exponentially when you’re pissed off.

If you’re outraged about something, rather than express your anger in 140 character spurts, get a pen and a notepad, or talk to a real, non-virtual human being about it. Maybe even go so far as to send a private email to the offending party.

If none of this advice sounds reasonable; if you still think your best bet is expressing your righteous anger on social media, might I suggest you examine why that is? Why you feel it so important to share your worst moments intimately with what amounts to a bunch of complete and total strangers who have no right to judge you, but most certainly will?

And while we’re on the subject of social media, can someone please explain to me why you would follow someone you don’t like? Doesn’t living in a fallen world give us plenty to be upset about without going out and looking for reasons to be pissed off?

In the memorable words of Sergeant Hulka…

Lighten up, Francis.

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11 Responses to “Christians gone wild”

  1. Beckey Zimmerman January 28, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

    Yes, lots of hateful angry stuff being said lately. My salvation was questioned by a “friend” I went to High School with because I was not as indignant as I should be (in her eyes) and only post “pretty pictures with scripture”. I blocked her. She doesn’t know me, didn’t even spell my name right, so I don’t feel the need to defend my relationship with God to her. Pfft. I don’t have energy or time for all the tension.

  2. Matt @ The Church of No People January 28, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

    Way too many people caring way too much about what other people think or say. That being said, I could not believe Shaun’s tirade, not to mention the rampant hypocrisy of denigrating a man’s faith…because he denigrates another man’s faith. 🙂

  3. Jim H January 28, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

    Kathy, you are the voice of reason in a world gone mad – and you crack me up!

  4. Annie k January 28, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

    Now Shaun King is a self-righteous nincompoop and he needs a holy smack upside the head. I don’t agree with Driscoll’s comment as I think it came off recklessly insincere and judgemental. Just another example of why I deleted my twitter account. That and I could care less who or what the Kardashians are doing.

  5. Marni January 28, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

    Oh my heck Kathy…best rant evah!

    I know the name Shaun King, but I don’t know how I know him. I’ll Google him.
    In his defense, maybe he thought his potty mouthed rants were in line with Tony Campolo’s very effective quote about “not giving a shit” about starving children. But Shaun would be wrong.

    Where he went wrong, I think, is when his family and friends had to step in and beg him to stop. We forget we represent things bigger than ourselves sometimes (like a marriage, a church, a job, etc) It’s important to realize those things before you act a fool,

    Pastor Mark? I wish he’d just made that comment to his buddies, and not to Twitterverse. I see what he was saying, and to an extent, I agree with him. To an extent. But why not just pray for our President to know (or know better) and make God known? Or tweet that line instead? It’s more grace-filled. But that’s not Mark Driscoll’s thang…being graceful.

    I’m glad they’ll be no innernets in Heaven. (Happy sigh)

  6. okiewife January 28, 2013 at 8:00 pm #

    Nothing beats a good Katrant. I missed that whole controversy by the way, don’t follow any of those folks. Bet they care about that–chuckling.

  7. Brina January 28, 2013 at 8:19 pm #

    You know, it’s really too bad there’s not an effective yet simplistic method by which the devil could keep us not only ineffective in the earth, but also looking incredibly silly. Something that once started, would just become passive income for his cause. Something that was so obvious that people would miss it entirely… Hmmm…

  8. jake January 28, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    The unfollow hammer delivers me from the “self-righteous attention whore[s]”

    I unfollowed @PastorMark more than a year ago when I started to disagree with his attitude. I also unfollowed people from my own community, because you’re absolutely right… TWITTER IS NOT A PLACE FOR MEANINGFUL DISCUSSION. And any Christian who’s willing to be so outrageously upset over social media is likely putting on a show for a particular demographic. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

    LOVED this, friend.

  9. Frank January 29, 2013 at 8:09 am #

    I missed it to because I typically ignore rants and raves (unless it’s about sports and then I get sucked in too easily). Great post and points. It’s sad we need to be reminded we live in the real world with real relationships (see: Mani Teo). We take these interwebs way too seriously

  10. SimplyDarlene January 29, 2013 at 9:36 am #

    I know nothing of this, but it looks like my momma could get some more use out of her bar of soap… nothing like a scraping on the teeth to get the potty mouth washed clean. Yikers.


  11. Jason Stasyszen January 30, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

    I don’t spent too much time on this either so I was completely clueless about it. I was definitely shocked by Shaun’s words and attitude just as I was by Mark’s. How does using one person’s anger then cranking it to 11 help? I’m guilty, I have justified plenty for all kinds of stupid reasons. Still, yikes.

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