I don’t know if anyone else has noticed this about themselves. I’m certain they have. I can’t be the only one who thinks, and feels this way. The people, and situations that pop up in my feeds, almost always infuriate me. It seems as if the algorithms are designed in such a way as to induce this loathing. One of the curious aspects of this is that it appears to be on both sides of the aisles of artifice. At one time in our not so distant history, we were unified as, “Americans.” Now it seems, some evil actors have distilled the strongly held convictions of Americans, and aggregated them into two categories for the specific purpose of causing division, and animus.
The longer I read stories on social media, the more angry I get. I get so angry my thoughts run towards civil war, and how necessary it may become. I see a similar fomentation on the left. They are actually more prone to committing acts of violence, and murder, because they are not restrained by an external, or internal moral law. They, by nature, are slaves to the immoral, and sinful flesh. Knowing this, causes me to feel pity for them, and brings me back from the brink of human warfare. They are the pawns of satan, and his demons. Behind the scenes they manipulate the thinking, feeling, and acting, that all of the lost people engage in. I’m not negating their culpability. They are fully responsible for their own sin. It is the notion that their guilt is compounding, and God’s judgment is sure, and just. This certainty of future justice puts my warmongering, murderous flesh at ease. Not only that, but it is responsible for my seeing truly how terrible, and horrendous, it is to be under God’s judgment, and to have His holy wrath poured out on a person.
This should help us to behave as Christians, and not as slaves to satan, and sin. Let’s be slaves of Christ, and His righteousness. When we see them, even though they slay us, may we see them as Christ saw His crucifiers, “But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” AND THEY CAST LOTS, DIVIDING UP HIS GARMENTS AMONG THEMSELVES.” Luke 23:34. Let us see them the way Stephen saw his murderers, “Then falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” And having said this, he fell asleep.” Acts 7:60
We know that we deserve death and hell as sinners, but we also know the good news of Jesus. We know His gospel. We know, and are known by Him. We are His adopted sons, and daughters. We are heirs with Him by grace, through faith in Him, and His work. The lost only know their sin, and they love it. They have no desire to mortify it. They don’t esteem Christ. In fact, they hate Him. Their indifference is hatred. We know better.
We must be the adults. Our minds have been put in order by God. Our emotions must be brought under control, and subjected to the true judgments of God revealed in His word. This being the case, remain calm. Don’t let any self-righteous indignation boil over into actual violence. We can be angry, and not sin, as long as we are angry at what angers God, and we don’t take vengeance. Vengeance is God’s domain. Much of what we see on social media angers God. He will, without doubt, be far more severe than we could ever possibly be in His just judgment. We can merely kill the body, but God can subject their souls to eternal torment. We can dole out human justice, but God is the lawgiver, King, Judge, and Lord of all.
There is a blatant wickedness the likes of which I have not seen in my lifetime. It is distressing. People I know, and love dearly, are deceived, and one day may be my betrayers. I know this from God’s revealed word. Matthew 10:34-36, “Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to SET A MAN AGAINST HIS FATHER, AND A DAUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER, AND A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER-IN-LAW; and A MAN’S ENEMIES WILL BE THE MEMBERS OF HIS HOUSEHOLD.” I would calm myself with the knowledge of God, His attributes, His word, and the promises I see in Him. I hope that any readers out there will also be calmed. God is in control of history. He is sovereign over all things. No matter what happens to us, how we live, or how we die, let it be to demonstrate the glory of our God.