I get a whole lot of tweets from people asking me to promote them. One day a few months ago, I got one from a girl who said she had less than 10 followers, and asked if I could help her out. Being the kind Munkie I am, and the fact that I don’t think anyone should have under 100 followers unless they want it that way, I decided to promote her. I sent out a tweet asking people to follow her. A few minutes later, I got a direct message from a good friend…
I hope he doesn’t mind me telling this story… I won’t use his name, so I guess it doesn’t matter. The direct message said, “Uh, have you looked at that girl’s bio on her Twitter page? I am sorry, but I can’t follow someone like that.” It had never really occurred to me to check her out prior to promoting her. When I got to her Twitter page, I saw a bio with a lot of awful language, and at first I thought, “Wow, PROBABLY shouldn’t have sent out a tweet promoting someone who uses such vulgar language…” But then I thought, “Wait… no.”
All in the matter of about 2 minutes, I had a series of thoughts go through my head.
First, I thought about the person behind this Twitter account. It was a person, someone, somewhere. I hold firm on the belief that every person, no matter how cruel, vulgar, rude or heartless they may seem, just wants to be cared for. I don’t believe that any human is rock solid with a cold heart. Sometimes it just takes a lot more time and a lot bigger shovel to dig to their soft spot.
Then I thought about the choice of words in her bio. I won’t repeat the words, because my blog is always safe for work, always safe for kids, and always safe for your 80 year old grandmother. But let’s just say, you would never hear me say the things she had in that 140 character description of herself. Your 80 year old grandmother wouldn’t approve of the choice of words. If she heard you say that, she would likely take the “board of education” to your back side. Wait, does your grandmother have a “board of education?” … Mine does. It’s a piece of wood, shaped like a hand, varnished with the words “board of education” on it. Don’t start babbling at me about spanking being abuse. There is a fine line but a BIG difference between discipline and abuse. /eyeroll at society
There I go getting off topic again… SQUIRREL!
Back to this girl on Twitter. I messaged my friend back, telling him that I hadn’t read her bio, but believe that she probably just needs better guidance, a good influence in her life. It has occurred to me a number of times, many times it being pointed out to me, that:
I have friends who smoke. I have friends who drink excessively. I have friends who do drugs. I have friends who are gay. I have friends who are not Christians. I have friends who use vulgar language. I have friends who are a complete mess in life. I have friends who have sex with random people all the time. I have friends who are cruel to other people. I have friends who are human.
To my friends: I know that you’re sitting there scratching your chin saying, “That’s me…” Let me say this: I am not out to change you. With that said…
I believe that all people are worth getting to know. Everyone has a story, no matter where they are from, what they do, or who they are around on a daily basis. I take “WWJD” quite literally. Seriously. Why do people think they are above Christ? Did He not hang out with the lowest of the “low?” Had He only hung out with the perfect people of the world, He would have been quite a lonely person. I am not calling myself a second Christ… But so many people shun the people who do “bad” things… Are you without sin?
Jesus said, in John 8:7 – “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”
Shunning people for specific sins, pointing fingers… Shame on you. There are plenty of things you do that are sinful. Now, stop being so hateful. We are all humans. I am so sick of getting, “You are friends with HIM?” … “You are friends with HER?” … “Do you KNOW what he/she has done/does? What a bad influence.” Okay, what about the flip side of the coin? The good influence. You may look at someone as a bad influence on me. I see it as an opportunity to be a good influence. A good representation of what a Christian should be.
Just with any other post I have ever put out, I am not perfect… I am in the same boat as anyone reading this… I am human. I judge, but I try not to do so. God said, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” He did NOT say, “Love your neighbor who is Christian, doesn’t smoke, doesn’t do drugs, doesn’t drink excessively, doesn’t use vulgar language … Love your neighbor who does not sin.”
I think this is where I will say, “Enough said.” Anything more would just be a repeat of what I have already said.
Take care of yourselves.