I saw a video on Facebook yesterday that caused me to seriously consider pulling the plug on my account. Several black girls surrounded a teenage white girl while one was verbally attacking the white girl Then, the “provoker” suddenly grabbed the “provoked” by her long hair and slung her to the ground. From there, things got progressively worse and the white teen was mercilessly beaten while the other girls watched and cheered.

I find it unconscionable that one human being could treat another this way and still look at themselves in the mirror. But I also wondered how could I sit there and watch without attempting to do something about it. My disgust had nothing to do with the race of the two girls. It could just as easily been the other way around. I seriously considered deleting my account and moving on to a more productive way of connecting with others?

Over the years, I have accumulated almost 5,000 “friends,” most of which I don’t even know. For some time now, I have been screening and deleting quite a few for what I consider infractions. Drop the “F bomb” or share a post where someone else did, and you are out of Wayne’s Facebook World! Does that make me a prude? No, it’s just common decency. You see, I have two grandchildren that may see a crude comment made by someone on one of my pages. And besides, I don’t want to read their filthy words either.

I am saddened by the continuing downward spiral our country is taking . But for me to completely withdraw from social media would be to surrender yet another segment of our society to the enemies of God. So I choose instead to attempt to shine a light into what is becoming just another dark place. I will promote hope through Christ and encourage others to do the same. Where else can I reach 5,000 people along with many in their networks as well?

In Matthew 5:14-16, Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

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