Maybe I’m the only one, but when I read a controversial article online, I can’t help but scroll through the comments. And then I start to get riled up. Some people can be so ignorant! How can they even believe things like that? How can someone agree? How can they disagree? Can’t they even bother to use spell check? My initial reaction is to respond to every ignorant and inane comment right away. On the few occasions I have, I end up regretting it.
If you’re reading this, you have internet access and you’re probably aware that there are thousands of people out there who feel it is their calling to set things straight. They troll news and social media sites looking for topics that have the potential to spark debate and then they light it up. They believe themselves to be enlightened and on top of current social justice issues. They’re right. Every time. I have to resist the urge to respond to these types of people. The book of Proverbs would refer to them as fools, simple minded, wicked, liars. There is no use in responding to these people.
Anyone who rebukes a mocker will get a smart retort. Anyone who rebukes the wicked will get hurt.
Proverbs 9:7 (NLT)
Whether online or in “real life”, the best way to respond to these types of people is to not respond at all. But they need to know the truth! Yes, they do. But if they’re not looking for it, reading one comment from you isn’t likely to lead them down the path of enlightenment.
Don’t talk to much, for it fosters sin. Be sensible and turn off the flow!
Proverbs 10:19 (NLT)
Why would you bother to pour out the wisdom that God has given you into a fool? They won’t receive it. Save it. Don’t join in the foolishness of the simple-minded.
So don’t bother rebuking mockers; they will only hate you. But the wise, when rebuked, will love you all the more.
Proverbs 9:8 (NLT)
This doesn’t mean that we leave this group of people alone entirely. It means that we learn from Kenny Rogers.
You’ve got to know when to hold ’em
Know when to fold ’em
Know when to walk away
And know when to run
Save your wisdom. Save your knowledge of truth. Don’t waste it on those who don’t want it. Don’t bother trying to guide the blind. Don’t try to correct those who won’t accept it. Spend your energy leading those who are searching. And, above all, learn to fear the Lord, not the bored musings of blind fools.
Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in understanding.
Proverbs 9:10 (NLT)
Daily Bible reading: Proverbs 9-10, 1 Corinthians 15:1-32