Yesterday in my sermon I talked about being a professional googler. You know, we can Google anything, and fact check anybody. We can know anything we need to know. We can Google an answer to anything and everything.
In the age of Google, we are all self proclaimed experts. We don't know any other way of life. I can't remember a time before Google. How did people know if a restaurant was good? Or who the 17th president was? Or how to train your dog? Most things are instant. I believe this has led us to be instant in our judgments, instant in our decisions, instant in our posts, and instant in our assumptions.
Most things today may be instant, but most things today are also more complicated than we could ever imagine.
I remember Johnnie Moore speaking to a group of student leaders at Liberty University say something very similar. He said that nearly everything in our world is much more complicated than it seems.
In our world today, we can see something, form an opinion about it, and tell the world about our opinion IMMEDIATELY. I've done this. Many times. The more I'm involved in leadership, though, the more I see what Johnnie Moore said to be true. It frustrates me to see so many people (and to think of myself doing this in the past) jump to conclusions, throw people under the bus, "call out" other people or ministries, without even realizing how complex the situation is behind the 140 characters that they've seen about the issue. Such a long sentence.
There was once this dude named James that grew up with Jesus that said, "Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry."
Maybe an application of this would be "Everyone should be quick to read the Tweets and posts, slow to favorite, like or comment, and slow to become a Google expert and call out everyone on a public tweet or post."
What if instead of instantly calling everyone out on a social media outlet, we worried about how we were reaching out to others? What if instead of assuming that a church isn't authentic because they also happen to be hip and cool, have lights and good music, and have good coffee, we worried about our own authenticity? What if instead of using our voices on social media as a means of conflict and critique, we used our voices to share, like, favorite, retweet, and blog about who Jesus is?
Because ultimately, Jesus was the best and only true example of really being quick to listen and slow to become angry. Hanging on the cross listening to all the cries of those of us calling out to him to save us. Hanging on the cross taking on the sin of the world, without ever shaming us or condemning us. Hanging there listening to our cries, and showing us a better way, a way of true life through him, not by his anger, but by his love.