I was incensed, and took it upon myself to add my voice to cacophony of responses, I even wrote out what I thought was a witty but pointed twitter comment.
Then I stopped.
I looked at what I wrote.
Had I really become one of those people?
I deleted my comment before pushing post.
What I wrote neither added to the discussion (can there really be any kind of meaningful discussion on twitter), nor was it particularly nice. My comment wouldn’t mean anything to either of the people tagged in it, so why post it? Why add fodder to the troll sharks that already were gorging themselves on each other. Worse yet, was that comment taking me a step in the direction of a troll shark, fighting just to fight?
I myself have been on the receiving end of internet bullying/trolling, back in the day of not knowing how to use the block button and move on. I engaged in back and forth with this person(s) and all it did was escalate and make me miserable to the point of crying.
It was a hard earned lesson, and one I think I needed to be reminded of. It also brought to mind Phillipians 4:8 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (ESV)
Then just minutes ago this picture came across my FB feed: