I Am Naming The Worst Facebook Speech Offenders Among My “Friends”

Neal Pollard

Perhaps you have heard the latest flap about “sexist hate speech” that has purportedly gone unpunished by the social media giant Facebook.  Activists and advertisers are teaming up to pressure Facebook into addressing particularly pages that “celebrate violence against women.” Facebook has resoundingly responded with a cadre of new or improved guidelines to eliminate such appalling rhetoric.  While some are crying foul over perceived first amendment trampling, most see the move as desirable and necessary (via CNN online article by Doug Gross, “Under pressure, Facebook targets sexist hate speech”).  This is the world, but even the world gets that there are lines in speech that should not be crossed.

Of course, the Christian has a much higher standard when it comes to what speech is appropriate.  Well before the line that is crossed by talk that glorifies rape and sexual violence there is the line that is set by Christian courtesy, love, meekness, holiness, and several, similar qualities. Sadly, after over four years of having a Facebook page and seeing on my news feed the comments of “friends” that are mostly Christians, I have seen some lines crossed by those who know better.  Let me name some of the worst offenders:

–Chronic Contradictor

–Compulsive Complainer

–Unsolicited Buttinsky

–Chip On-The Shoulder

–Relentless Ranter

–Suggestive Speaker

–Boldfaced Boaster

–Condescending Christian

–Self-Proclaimed Unqualified-Expert

–Worst-Assuming Writer

–Attacker Under-The-Guise-Of-Humor

–Worldliness Glorifier

I am positive that you have other “friends” within your Facebook circle different from the ones I singled out to you.  For ourselves, may we choose the needed, endangered qualities of restraint, forethought, kindness, thoughtfulness, and any similar trait embodied in the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-24).  Facebook feels anonymous, but it is not.  Just because we can type it without looking someone in the face as we say it to them does not make it acceptable.  Let us dedicate ourselves to using every forum of influence we possess to encourage and assist everyone under the “sound” of our “voice.”


3 thoughts on “I Am Naming The Worst Facebook Speech Offenders Among My “Friends”

  1. It seems that you have encountered some of the same “Friends” that I have. Sometimes it seems that they just comes out of nowhere. Then when you least expect it you get attacked from left field. You try your best to try and say encouraging words or compliment someone for their hard work then out of no where someone pops up not even connected to what you’re saying and start criticizing, low rating and insulting your integrity over something they have no connection to. Sometimes, I think that people like like to do things like that just to stir things up to see what happens but I’m afraid that one of these days it’s going to back fire on them. They’re going to need that helpful hand to be there for them and it won’t be there. I am so thankful that we have a Lord and Savior that is always there with His hands out stretched reaching out to take us by the hand and draw us to Him. I’ll be one who is willing to strand up and let be known that I appreciate the hard work that you do, not only you but for every man,woman and young person who is willing to stand up and proclaim the word of God. Thank you, Brother your words have been a light unto my path many times and made my day better by reading the words you proclaim. In His Precious and Holy Name Whom All the Praise and Glory Should Go To. Ken

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