Last year, again at facebook, I was following the Republican primary closely. I joined two groups that were supposed to discuss all the candidates. I wanted to be informed about which candidate to vote for in the upcoming Michigan primary.
However, there was a group of people that no matter what question you asked about someone else, they would turn it into a discussion about Ron Paul. They would gang up on anyone that didn’t agree with them.
Then when I would comment, I was treated very badly, with rude personal attacks on my intelligence. After all couldn’t everyone see this man was the salvation of the country?
Than I began to notice that there would be maybe six comments, but when I would go to read them, there would be only one or two.
That is when I began to realize I was being blocked. This group blocked a large number of people. Those they considered to stupid to understand the truth as they saw it.
I do believe this blocking thing can be over done. I left those two groups and found others where I was treated better, even when I disagree.
Having the ability to block or ignore certain people is a good thing. After my daughter left her abusive husband, I received so much hate filled message from her now ex-in-laws that I blocked them, all of them. I still have them blocked and it has been almost 2 years.
Respect, it all comes down to respect. Respect other opinions even when you disagree. No condescending remarks, no subtle put downs, and no making fun of others. Respect the person even when you passionately disagree with their biblical doctrine. No sarcastic humor with a spiked tail. That is nothing more than a put down hidden behind humor in a way saying that the other person is too stupid to notice that it is an insult.
Here at CB, we also have that option, the ignore list. There is no one on my list. There has been in the past, but only for a short time until tempers calmed down. If I have ever been on someone’s ignore list, I am not aware of it.
Maybe there should be a time limit on how long a blocking should be. I don’t know just a thought. This is a Christian site, and facebook is most defiantly not. We should learn to get along and respect and accept different biblical views. Maybe timeouts would be a better option.
But this blocking thing can hurt people and cause problems when it is over used. When one person has so many other people blocked, it says more about his/her character than that of those he/she is blocking. I also see it as a way for someone to try and control the content of what is seen here at ChristianBlog. Some people are just not good enough or smart enough or worthy enough to read his/her blogs.
The way to handle some people is to not comment on their blogs, not comment on their comments, remove from friend’s list and do not message them. Is that easy? No it is not. Ignore without an ignore list. Hold your tongue; keep your temper in check. It is never easy, but that is the Christian way to respond.
Blessings to all
Romans 15:7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring glory to God.