Calling on My Fellow Christians To Move Past Cyber Bullying

Let’s face it, people can be jerks online.  As a blogger, I get some profane, even violent, comments on my blog posts. Why do some feel the need to act this way, especially when we would never act this way face-to-face?

Certainly the internet allows us a certain level of abstraction and anonymity.  We create a world for ourselves knowing that no one will ever know who we really are – never mind the faith we proclaim.  This distance  allows us to dehumanize others.

So what is a Christian to do online? How do we respond to hate from our fellow believers? Certainly we can’t just shout louder, condemning those who violate the basic tenets of Christian compassion — can we?

In my forthcoming book postChristian: What’s Left? Can We Fix It? Do We Care?, I argue that “personal contact is perhaps our most powerful weapon in waging peace.” It’s one thing to lodge salvos at a faceless “other” from a safe distance; it’s another entirely to look someone in the eye as a fellow human being and try to do the same.  Read more about a faithful response to cyber bullying.  Practicing Christian compassion, I invite you to share your thoughts and responses to cyber bullying.  What can Christians do?  What should we do?



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