Time for the Online Christian Attack Culture to Cease


There’s no question that the Internet has brought Christianity many wonderful things. Today we have online education available to virtually everyone, social media that encourages people to support great causes, and online communication tools that allow us to connect from the four corners of the earth. But it’s also created something I believe is tearing at the very fabric of our faith. It’s created a culture of attack.

Rarely does a day go by that Christian news sites, social media streams and other web platforms feature some Christian “correcting” another Christian—and calling them out by name. It can range from arguments over worship music, to theological squabbles, to disagreements over ministry styles, to charges of outright heresy, and the barrage of criticism has grown exponentially. While there are qualified theologians, pastors and other leaders we should respect and listen to, there’s also a tsunami of armchair theologians, angry ex-church members and wannabes who are convinced their criticism du jour needs to be shared.

Aside from feeling comfortable “correcting” a brother or sister publicly when we’ve never met the person, or know little about the background of what we’re criticizing, a significant culprit is the technology itself. With 24/7 news, and a constant barrage of blogs and social media, the Internet is bombarding us with information overload, and what may be worse is the ease of responding. As soon as we read something we don’t like, all it takes is a click to send an angry reply, post a heated comment or write an op-ed piece.

I’m as guilty as anyone, and it’s taken me a long time to learn to not react immediately just because I can.

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SOURCE: Charisma News
Phil Cooke

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