Knee-Jerk Reactions

A situation recently caused me to think about how we, as Christians, justify posting our grievances online.

Someone chose to create a very public firestorm against shut-mouth-face-smileyanother business and it had many negative consequences. I was thinking how inappropriate it was to post that grievance online when that person had access to the head of the business and could have called the person. In doing so, the situation would have been resolved rather quickly without creating negative and inflammatory feedback.

We need to think about the influences we have and the consequences of our reactions to a situation. How would a secular person view your status? What kind of consequences would your status have in the long term? When you post your grievance online people who love you will often take your side without first checking the other person’s story, and in some cases forsaking common sense, blinded by their love for you. A firestorm can mask the good the other is doing, and we must think about that, too.

So the teachable moment for me was to curb how I would react to a bad situation; to forgive the person who hurt me so I can move on; and to remember Christians are not perfect. Like in Biblical days, we, too, have our pharisees. It doesn’t mean the whole lot of Christians think or act the same way as those pharisees. It would be like blaming an entire church congregation for the unfriendly actions of two people. If I read a grievance online, I restrain myself from overreacting, or at least try. It’s easy to want to take our friends and family’s side, to believe there is no second side of the story, but we must not have a knee jerk reaction as the consequences could be worse than the wound caused by the original hurt.

Describe the consequences of your knee-jerk reaction.

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