A READER ASKS

Simple Grace - - Mood Index -

“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?

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