Posted by: AJ the Irish Lass | September 10, 2017

A Private Matter or a Circus? It’s Your Choice

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Matthew 18:15-20

It’s interesting to think of how things could’ve played out if the events of Jesus’ time had happened today. The differences in history, religion and politics aside, I think one of the most interesting aspects would have been seeing how some of the notable disputes in the Bible played out on Facebook or Twitter.

I’m sure most of us have witnessed or even been in the midst of a social media firestorm that’s happened because of a simple dispute. Two people have a disagreement on Facebook, and before you know it, twenty people are in on the discussion. Someone takes their dispute with another to Twitter and the next step is a “tweetstorm”.

Human nature hasn’t changed much when it comes to not keeping personal disputes private over the past 2,000 years. Triangulation is never a good way to resolve a personal quarrel, yet it happens way too often.

Bringing others into a problem is a situation to avoid unless absolutely necessary, as Jesus points out in the text. There are situations when someone’s wellbeing is at stake without intervention, and obviously these shouldn’t be kept strictly private.

However, creating a “toxic triangle” serves no purpose besides hindering God’s work of reconciliation among all people. The next time a problem arises between you and another person, think before you act – it doesn’t need to turn into a circus.

 


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