As most of you know, I recently took some time off for the Christmas holidays. One of the greatest perks to stepping away from my regular blogging cycle is that it grants me the opportunity avoid the news and social media. I don’t have to absorb any depressing, insane, controversial, political, divisive, infuriating, or utterly asinine content on a regular basis. Even better, I don’t have to form a written opinion about anything or offer any insight or commentary. No one is e-mailing or messaging me asking for my thoughts on any particular subject. It’s actually quite glorious.
And, perhaps best of all, I was not exposed to the endless drama, whining, gossip, food photos, pet selfies, celebrity news, entertainment industry hysteria, or pointless advertisements that infest my Facebook and Twitter feeds on a regular basis. These things are all unfortunate realities of existing in the great Social Media Universe. Centuries from now, I suspect that anthropologists will study the brain-melting effects that Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram inflicted on the human race.
Anyway, I returned to my website this week. When I did, I discovered that my previous column — the piece on 11-year old drag queen Desmond Napoles — had garnered quite a bit of attention on Facebook during the holiday break. To be more exact, it has amassed over 5,000 combined Likes, comments, and shares across ‘ole Zuck’s platform. I suspect this is due in part to the fact that it was, apparently, republished by the Honolulu chapter of Dr. William Lane Craig’s Reasonable Faith Ministry without my knowledge. I had never even heard of Dr. Craig until I Googled the title of my column to see if any other sites had shared or quoted it. (I initially thought the Facebook tally was incorrect.) My brief probe across the Internet led me to reasonablefaith.org, where I discovered that Craig is a notable Christian theologian and Professor of Philosophy at Houston Baptist University. Somehow the Honolulu chapter of his organization must have stumbled across the piece and decided to post it to their blog, for which I’m certainly appreciative.
In a cyber world full of trolling, stupidity, hate mail, cat videos, ridiculous hysterics, and senseless vitriol, it was refreshing to finally see an explosion of likes, shares, and discussion about this particularly important topic, controversial as it may be. There’s an inherent danger in the social tolerance, approval and celebration of what is happening to children like Desmond Napoles. What the progressive Left is doing is nothing short of monstrous. That’s the reason I wrote the column in the first place.
And that’s ultimately the whole point. The best thing you can do on and with your social media platforms in the New Year is to discuss the important issues facing our culture and speak truth and encouragement in the midst of the lies and deceit.
Ignore Tiffany Haddish and her inane vow to wear fur every day until police “stop killing black people.”
Ignore the stupid comments that Michael Moore recently made about Trump’s family.
Ignore the girly spats between politicians like Kellyanne Conway and Nancy Pelosi, the latter of who should have retired about 157 years ago.
Ignore the criticisms that your family levied against your cooking during Christmas dinner.
Ignore that maniac who cut you off in traffic this morning.
Ignore the fact that the barista screwed up your coffee order this morning.
Just ignore all the stupidity and trivial nonsense. I realize that the media shoves it in our faces every 12 seconds. I know how tempting it is to check the notifications and watch the clips. But, at the end of the day, these sort of things have little to no impact on the future of our society. They have absolutely nothing to do with the betterment of our nation and our future. Most of the time, they don't affect our personal lives. So, don’t use social media as a means of highlighting them more than they already have been. Stop whining and complaining like spoiled brats.
Instead, share and engage in critical content, thought, and discussion that uses Truth to illuminate and expose what needs to be addressed culturally, spiritually, and politically. This should indeed be our collective New Year’s resolution for 2019. I honestly don't think that it's too much to ask. Let’s all aim to do a little better this year.
That’s what I’m going to do. I hope you will too. Godspeed.