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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About Christian Piatt

Christian Piatt is the creator and editor of BANNED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BIBLE and BANNED QUESTIONS ABOUT JESUS. He has a memoir on faith, family and parenting called PREGMANCY: A Dad, a Little Dude and a Due Date, and Hachette published his first hardcover book, "postChristian: What's left? Can we fix it? Do we care?" in 2014. His first novel, "Blood Doctrine," has been optioned by a Hollywood production company for a possible TV series.

Christian is the cofounder and cohost of the Homebrewed CultureCast, a podcast about popular culture, current events and spirituality that has a weekly audience of 25,000 people (http://homebrewedchristianity.com/category/culturecast/).

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For more information about Christian, visit www.christianpiatt.com, or find him on Twitter (www.twitter.com/christianpiatt) or Facebook.


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