We have only to observe 24/7 coverage on cable news, Twitter, Facebook for the answer. News Media and the advent of the aforementioned news cycle we must say unequivocally YES.
Is it because our culture has become more crass or that we have more and quicker access to incidents of incivility? BOTH!
When we see Wisconsin state representative, Gordon Hintz, approach another state representative, Michelle Litjens, of the opposite political party, point his finger and say â€œYouâ€™re F__ing Deadâ€, what are we to say? Do we condemn that behavior? Was there even ONE Democrat representative tell him to back off and apologize? Iâ€™m not aware of one. The partisan National Organization for Women has been totally silent. Representative Hintz did, in the end, apologize after it was reported in the news. Was it because he truly guilt-ridden or because it was exposed?
We have advanced in technologies in many fields. New media and communication technology has allowed us to connect anonymously across the nation and globe and with lightening speed. We meet strangers via the New Media that can become friends or foes. It gives abilities and access our grandparents never dreamed of. Itâ€™s a blessing for those separated geographically from family and friends. YET, with blessings there are also impediments and even dangers.
We must ask ourselves, â€œwhen I go to bed at night after a day of conversing what washes over my thoughts, emotions and spirit? Does it produce the sense of : peace, love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control or a sense of agitation, irritation, and you realize youâ€™ve spent your waking hours in strife, outbursts of anger, disputes, and dissensions.â€ The nights analysis will reveal a lot to ourselves if we are courageous enough to look at it.
Individuals must ask ourselves, do we stand guard over own tongues so as to not harm others? Do we stand guard over our thoughts when entered on a keyboard? Itâ€™s easy to be caught into a passionate, fervent, debate over an issue. At what point do we cross the line and begin to devour the other person or group? Many say, well he made me say it, however, the Lord Himself said Matthew 12:34 â€œFor out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.â€ Itâ€™s a visual of a full cup that has been bumped and what is within the cup spills out. Nothing enter just what is already there. That blows my excuse, how about you?
Murder isnâ€™t just with a gun, knife, or weapon of mass destruction. We kill others with what we say. Weâ€™ve seen children emotionally abused by dysfunctional parents who use them as whipping posts and killing their spirit. Our present President refers to those who disagree with him as â€œenemies.â€ Our tongues can give blessing or curse. As King David said, â€œI will guard my ways, that I may not sin with my tongue, I will guard my mouth as a with a muzzleâ€¦..â€ Psalm 39:1
No one is saying this is easy. Iâ€™m convinced that I and others need divine help to bring our culture and ourselves back to civility. Will our country be torn asunder because we cannot curb our tongues. We have enemies without that want to kill us. It seems we have them within our country. Will we, as average American citizens, let them separate us to the point that we are not willing to come together to save our freedoms and our nations if need be? Will we let those with the agenda to separate succeed? When those enemies come in to cut us asunder, will we join together and say WE ARE AMERICANS first and foremost? Will we care for the hurting even if we disagree with them on any given issue?
In the ancient book of Galatians He admonishes, â€ For the whole Law (of God) is fulfilled in ONE word, in the statement, â€œYou Shall LOVE Your Neighbor As Yourself. But if you bite and devour one another, take care lest you be consumed by one another.â€ The imagery in the original Greek is that of wild animals attacking and killing one another. Thatâ€™s a shocking visual image because in that image neither survives.