All bitterness, anger and wrath, shouting and slander must be removed from you, along with all malice. And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.

Ephesians 4:31-32

I did a post a few months back about Messy Media and this week I was once again shown the “beauty” of social media. You think by now I might throw my hands up and either give in our give up on this topic, but I haven’t let it go just yet.

I follow many of those online selling sites through social media. I enjoy shopping and am not opposed to a good deal! I’ve actually gotten some great things from some of these sites and sold a few things too. This week I had an encounter on one of these sites that angered me. I was fuming after this conversation took place. Let me set the scene for you.

There is a BIG basketball game coming to town this weekend. As I have been doing my daily scroll through some of my favorite selling sites I have been amazed at what people are paying for tickets. We have tickets to attend, but we’ve gone to several games this season and thought we might post ours to see if anyone wanted them. We wouldn’t mind watching from our couch and possibly having some extra money in our pocket.

I posted our two tickets for the game in the middle range of what I had seen others selling for. Within seconds of posting people were making offers, asking why I placed that price on them, etc.; typical conversation. I responded that I was not going to sell for lower at this time. Almost everyone said okay and I stated that if we didn’t get close to what we were asking we would attend the game.

One person responded on my post with a remark then proceeded to tag me in another posting of someone looking for tickets and called what I posted “sleezy and they could sell their kidney for the tickets”! I was shocked.

I do not know this person and I was trying what I had worked for others. It got me thinking, what happened to just scrolling by if you don’t agree? I wasn’t forcing this individual, or anyone, to purchase. What happened to, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”?

We don’t have to give our two cents on EVERYTHING. We can hold true to our values and beliefs, but if someone posts something opposing to our opinions, why do we have to fight about it? Just. Keep. Scrolling. We can have educated, calm conversations with people who see things differently than we do. Why does it have to get vicious? Why do we have to be so hateful?

If anything this has forced me to step back and remind myself it is okay to keep my mouth shut sometimes!