Let’s be clear: Some of our celebrities forfeit their right to be admired. Some of them take advantage of our goodwill and commit gross sin. But many others we demolish on the basis of rumor or hearsay or angry former friends and colleagues. Somehow we want to believe what we read about them, we do not give them the benefit of the doubt, we do not believe all things and hope all things about them. We read the rumors, we spread the rumors, we stand back and watch them fall. The effort we once put into raising them, we now put into destroying them.
Fandom and free speech don’t often work so nicely together. We have the freedom to say a lot of things, but most of the time it’s better if we don’t.
A blogger can hide anonymously behind his username and spew any and all kinds of venom about people who happen to be living part of their lives in a fish bowl. We rush to adore and then we rush to convict. After all, you don’t get page clicks by having moderate or bland opinions.
We rush to be first and we rush to be loudest and we are never wrong. That goes for blog commenters, too.
But Jesus Christ gives us an important reminder about all of these wonderful points we make:
I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” – Matthew 12:36 (ESV)
Unfortunately for me, I usually do a better job of this blogging and commenting on the Internet than I do in real life. But that is the standard for our “opinions.”
Just a thought.
Have a good one,