A READER ASKS
“Dear Lord, I’ve gotten so sick of people boasting on social media that I’ve finally figured out a way to deal with them: Whenever I see a brag go up, I post a sort of lesson in reply. Well, not exactly in reply, but in another post. So if someone posts, Having dinner with my sweet husband at our favorite restaurant, I’ll wait a few hours and put up something to the effect of, Savoring the simple pleasures of a quiet evening. Blessed! :) Or if a friend goes overboard about how talented or beautiful one of her children is, I’ll pull a goofy picture of mine and post it with a comment that reads, This crazy kid! #unconditionallove. Though some people have ‘liked’ my comments, I can’t be sure they’re getting the point. But at least I get some satisfaction from the possibility they might. Isn’t calling them on their bragging worth a shot?”
Wisdom of the Word
Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.
—Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians, 3:18
We understand and yet…
When others clearly act in a way that’s boastful or selfserving, isn’t it okay to call them out on it? Don’t we, in fact, have an obligation to correct the error of their ways? What would You have us do?