The importance of loving trolls
Trolls don’t just live under bridges, they hang out on Christian websites as well. Trolls are people who post rude, abusive and sometimes disgusting content. They are not interested in discussion only to cause trouble. They are online bullies and a real nuisance. So what do you do with them? Well on Facebook, where they post regularly on my pages (Bible page and Jesus Christ page mainly) they are banned, meaning they can never return (with that profile) to the page. And recently I started a chat room for Praying People that was a wonderful place to go and receive prayer and support, until some trolls camped in it.. and unfortunately the software I was using was not capable of banning them, so I had to take the sad and drastic step of closing the chat room altogether. There are a number of us looking for alternatives as the chat room was a real blessing. More news soon.
So is banning all we do?
Luke 6:27-31,35-36 reads:
“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
Wow. The challenge is to love the bullies, love those that abuse and cause strife. A good friend of mine became a Christian as he heard, If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also and went up to a Christian friend of his and asked him if he believed it, the friend said he did, so my friend hit him. The Christian literally turned his cheek, and my friend was so moved by his commitment that he started to explore the faith and eventually gave his live to Christ!
It is not that we are a door mat, door mats aren’t very good at showing love. We are challenged to be loving in the face of rudeness and abuse. The greek for being merciful is to be compassionate, to have a heart that considers the reality of the person being rude. To love our enemies involves understanding why they do what they do, and from this pray for them, care for them, show them love in a way that is understanding of their trials. It says, Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful and the Father knows my pain, and shows his love in a way that directly addresses my pain, in the same way I am to understand the pain behind the rudeness of those trolls and others who treat me badly, and then love them as best I can with that in mind.
But then.. well if the rudeness continues, if the abuse does not stop, then removing myself from the relationship, or removing them from the page, as in banning… well that is the only course of action.
So love the trolls and those who are rude to you, ban them if necessary (remove them from your life), but still keep loving them massively.
Love the challenge!
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