Judging others on social media

November 27th, 2015

I have seen two examples of the importance of not judging others on the social media this week. One involved a speech made in parliament and the other and incident at a sporting event.

The incident at the sporting event was a man pouring some of his can of beer on an opposition player who was on the floor near him. Something that no-one should do and it caused a social media storm of outrage.

However the next day we find out that the man was 83 and “has some cognitive impairment and does not recall the incident.” His family apologised and he will not attend any more games. You can read the story here.

In another incident that caused a social media storm we see a politician did not stand at the end of an emotional speech to the Victorian Parliament. Rosie Batty, the Australian of the Year, made an emotional speech about the domestic violence.

Every member of parliament stood at the end of the speech except one. He was condemned on social media and it made news. It made such a stir that he had to release a statement.

“For very personal and private reasons I chose not to stand,” he said in a statement.

“Family violence is an issue of incredible sensitivity to me and my family and at some point I will be making a public contribution about the indiscriminate nature of family violence.

“I am very passionate about dealing with the scourge of family violence and supporting all those who are victims of it, male and female.”

In both cases it seems there was a lot more going on that what we could see on the surface. One had cognitive issues and it seems the other understood family violence personally.

This leaves me to wonder why people are so quick to judge others on social media. We need to be less offended and react less to things we see around us. None of us really know the full story straight away.

Remember it is up to God to judge because He is the only one who sees everything and knows our hearts of all people.

I will finish this post with two Bible verses.

“So don’t make judgments about anyone ahead of time—before the Lord returns. For he will bring our darkest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due.” (1 Corinthians 4:5 NLT)

““Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.” (Matthew‬ ‭7:1-2‬ ‭NLT)‬‬

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