Our Flipping Tables to Love Ratio
â€œLet all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.â€
â€â€Ephesiansâ€¬ â€4:31-32â€¬ â€ESVâ€¬â€¬
â€œTherefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.â€
â€â€Ephesiansâ€¬ â€5:1-2â€¬ â€ESVâ€¬â€¬
I was an earlier adopter of the internet in 1992 (at least publicly), and then I remember my amazement when I first logged on to the World Wide Web in 1996. The blocky websites and tinny songs playing in the background: technology was never going to get better than my dial-up and college network access. I laughed silently to myself when an 80 year old woman at my church called it the “tool of the devil”.
But I think I stopped laughing on the last couple of election cycles. I’ve never seen such hatred and vitriol in my life. I unfollow and unfriend, but it’s still there. And I think it made me feel worse when I saw the people who were the angriest: my brothers and sisters in Christ! Aren’t we being made holy (Hebrews 10:14)? Aren’t we set apart (Romans 1:1)? Why are we so involved and anxious and angry when we know the Creator of all things and the orchestrator of all that isÂ and isÂ to come?
What are you sharing online? What are your words in person? Do people see love or do people see anger? Ephesians 5:1-2 tells us to be imitators of our Heavenly Father, and to love as Christ loved. I’ve heard it said that when asking “What Would Jesus Do”, we should remember that flipping tables was not outside the realm of possibilities. While that’s true, He did that only once (for a very holy reason) but he said the word “love” 51 times when He walked the earth. What is your ratio of flipping tables to loving?
My encouragement for you this week is to not be known for the all of theÂ worldly things that you stand against and instead be known for the only One for whom you truly stand.