THE CHRISTIAN CONNECTION
BY MYRA F. SMITH
BIBLE VERSE: “Be kind and loving to each other, and forgive each other just as God forgave you in Christ.”
We have witnessed, in recent years, some disturbing trends: people don’t say “please”, “thank you” and “excuse me” anymore; government officials publicly insult their opponents, and day by day, our society gets meaner. Social media is part of the problem. I have stopped posting on social media sites. It’s a wonderful way to stay in touch, but abusive posts have destroyed lives, and I don’t want to be a part of that.
And then, along comes a hero. A young man named Jeremiah Anthony of Iowa City West High School worried that bullying in his school was out of control. So, he began to send positive tweets to his classmates. They were simple, one-liners like, “Laura, your hair looked very pretty today”; or “Josh, you really aced that test.” Soon, two other boys joined him and they formed the “West High Bros” and sent positive, kind tweets to more classmates and teachers. This report was aired on the Today Show on January 8th of this year. That was the first time Jeremiah’s parents knew what he had done!
One young man made a huge difference in his school and community. He did it quietly and humbly. And that reminds me of another young man who changed the world with kindness and humility; walked among strangers with grace and compassion, and loved the unlovable.
As followers of Christ, we have a mandate to be kind. Jesus befriended the unloved and outcasts; challenged the meanies of His day, and without Facebook or Twitter, got His message out to the world.
What can one person do to combat the meanness of this world? Maybe it’s time we find out.