Is there an “except-when-online” clause?

Luke 6:31
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31 (NIV)

Today’s Thought
We live in the information age. Facebook has 700,000,000 users. In case you’re not a math whiz… that’s a lot!

Information is being produced at an incredible rate. It’s also being consumed at an incredible rate.

One of the risks is that we get numb to the nuance of relationships.

Especially online relationships.

It’s almost as if we put what we do online into a different category. When we surf and interact with people and ideas on our phones, tablets, or desktops, we don’t have to make eye contact, or pay attention to tone of voice, or witness the response to what we’ve posted.

As a result we’re not always our best selves. #SadFace #HardToTakeBack

In person, maybe we work a little harder to show respect and understanding. But online, it can be pretty easy to make an insensitive comment or throw an invisible punch.

But when Jesus tells us to treat others the way we want to be treated, I’m pretty sure he didn’t include an except-when-online clause.

Today, treat others with respect. Because on the other end of an email, text, or social post…

Is a person.

By Matthew Ruttan

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