Social media was abuzz recently, when two gospel artists were engaged in an online controversy. Online disputes occur more frequently in our tech savvy world, not just in the gospel arena. However, the Scriptures are specific on how to handle “beef.” Matthew 18:15-17 says, “If your brother sins against you go and confront him while the two of you are alone. If he listens to you, you have won back your brother.
But if he doesn’t listen, take one or two others with you so that every word may be confirmed by the testimony of two or three witnesses.
If, however, he ignores them, tell it to the congregation. If he also ignores the congregation regard him as an unbeliever and a tax collector.”
If you’re online, there’s a chance you might lose your cool but here are some ways to handle social media beef:
1. Pray about it and stay offline. Take everything to God in prayer first before acting or saying anything you may regret later. As Jude 1:21 says, “Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.”
2. Read Scripture. Here is a short list of scriptures to help you get your mind right when you’re about to make a post you might regret:
Psalm 17:6 – I call upon you, for you will answer me, God. Listen closely to me and hear my prayer.
Psalm 31:2 – Turn your ear to listen to me; rescue me quickly. Be my rock of protection, a fortress where I will be safe.
Psalm 29:11 – The LORD will give strength to his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace) etc. This also will serve as your cool down time.
3. Pray again. Ask God for peace and guidance in the matter. There’s no such thing as too much prayer. (1 Thess. 5:17).
4. Confront the person alone. Matthew 18:15a – If your brother sins against you go and confront him while the two of you are alone…
5. Forgive and let go. Matthew 6:14 – For if you forgive people their wrongdoing, your heavenly Father will forgive you as well.
Have you ever had to deal with online conflict? How did you react? What has helped you stay calm in a moment of anger?
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Ariel Jones is a budding journalist who enjoys writing about the truth. Her aim is to help people gain a better understanding of the world around them. Email your comments and questions to her here.