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13 Who will harm you if you are zealous for good? 14 But happy are you, even if you suffer because of righteousness! Don’t be terrified or upset by them. 15 Instead, regard Christ the Lord as holy in your hearts. Whenever anyone asks you to speak of your hope, be ready to defend it. 16 Yet do this with respectful humility, maintaining a good conscience. Act in this way so that those who malign your good lifestyle in Christ may be ashamed when they slander you. 17 It is better to suffer for doing good (if this could possibly be God’s will) than for doing evil.
As our country remembers the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this week’s GPS is built around six short quotations Dr. King might have used on social media (had it been available in his day) and their Biblical roots.
1 Peter told early Christians to be ready to explain their faith, and to suffer for it if necessary. In April 1963, Birmingham, AL jailed Dr. King for a week. In a letter to local clergy who criticized his civil rights work, he said, “The early Christians rejoiced when they were deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the Church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society.” *
Oh Lord, in my passion to live out my Christian faith, help me to be humble to all I meet. Let your loving kindness flow through me as I represent you to the world around me. Amen.
Non-violent posting … on Facebook? … on Twitter? What if we applied Dr King’s principle of non-violence to our social media engagement?
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called forth a protest movement committed to the principle of non-violence. Only very strong people of faith can exercise this kind of loving discipline in the face of physical attack. Looking back now, it seems a super-human feat as brutally oppressed people stood for justice “with respectful humility, maintaining a good conscience” (1 Peter 3:16).
Interpersonal violence is all too common in online engagement: reactive comments, trolling and escalation of rhetoric. Even our words to describe public discourse convey embedded violence: cutting remarks, stinging rebuttal, eviscerating comments, attack, knock-out, put down. We have come to accept lightning reactivity and verbal violence as inevitable in our online encounters.
What if we today committed ourselves to Dr. King’s non-violent, non-reactive witness on social media? We could change the landscape of our culture! Today Dr. King and 1 Peter call us to the way of true freedom. On this path, we are not jerked by the puppet strings of reactivity or held captive to “giving as good as we get.” Try non-violent posting as a form of Christian witness.
Practice: Next time you see a post that boils your blood, pause for 3 deep breaths. All it takes are 3 deep breaths to interrupt the shot of adrenaline flowing through you. As you breathe deeply, you are free to decide, do I need to respond? If so, can I post with “respectful humility, maintaining a good conscience”? Or can I release this into God’s keeping and let it go?
Following Dr. King’s analogy, this is one way we can be thermostats, not thermometers * of the culture.
* Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter From The Birmingham Jail, HarperOne, 1994.