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?

 

 

About Christian Piatt

Christian Piatt is the creator and editor of BANNED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BIBLE and BANNED QUESTIONS ABOUT JESUS. He co-created and co-edits the “WTF: Where’s the Faith?” young adult series with Chalice Press, and he has a memoir on faith, family and parenting being published in early 2012 called PREGMANCY: A Dad, a Little Dude and a Due Date.


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