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Agree to Disagree

Ann Stoll

This political season is wearing me out. I'm finding myself avoiding social media, Facebook in particular, because people who once were capable of have civil debates, are now slinging just as much mud as the candidates themselves. To be honest, I don't know what to believe anymore with what is going on with the candidates because of social media.

I'm not writing today to begin a political rant. I have my own ideas on the matter and sharing them with you will not change the world, nor anyone's views, probably. What I would love to throw down here is my observations of how we are treating our fellow human neighbors. What is a neighbor? Anyone who is not you. As time progresses, social bullying is becoming rampant and severe. We are brave when armed with a keyboard. Hey, we can say what we want, when we want to, and what is anyone going to do about it? Unplug my computer? Shut off my wi-fi?

I'm all about free speech. But when we are speaking to blatantly hurt someone, vicious name calling, and labeling people that you don't even know anything about, all for the sake of defending your opinion, is wrong. With each thread I read, without a moment's adieu, it usually degrades into a drunken bar room brawl online. Emojis of people eating popcorn. It becomes the new Jerry Springer form of entertainment. I almost wonder if there are people that just jump from thread to thread, just to incite people to flare up.

I think we all need to put on our big person underwear and learn to walk away from a fight. We don't have to engage every person we disagree with. Most of the time, it's not worth it. Are we seething with so much hate and anger that we have nothing nice to say anymore? Are we so self centered that we have to speak the loudest or most vile in order to get people to notice us?

So here's the deal with me.

I am a Christian. I try to live my life to please God only. If you do not find me pleasing, feel free to move on. I will not bow down to the trends of the culture. I will not flock to the popular vote, because that is what everyone else is doing. If you find me weird, conservative in my thinking and actions, and not going with the cultural flow, then I'm doing my job. I will still love you anyway. I will still treat you with respect. And most of all, I will be praying for you. You can count on that.

So let's be kind to one another. Life is short. We do not know how many days we will have. Let's use them to lift one another up.