I’ve written several times about how Catholics should not be jerks on the internet (Cardinal Sins of Social Media Debate and Paul’s Letter to Social Media). I would think it obvious that being unkind towards others—especially over media as impersonal and public as social media—pushes people away from the faith.
Yet each time I’ve written, I’m met with resistance by devout Catholics—both left and right leaning—justifying their nastiness by citing various examples from scripture where Jesus (or Paul or somebody) supposedly did something similar so it’s ok—noble, even—for them to hurl insults.
You speak of “us” and “them.” You say that “they” are the source of “our” problems. You beseech the Lord to enlighten “them” to be more like “us,” and you thank God that you and those who think like you are on the right side of history, unlike “they” who are sinners. (3)
Have you not heard that we are all members of Christ’s body?
You probably went on the retreats. Did the service trips. Sang the songs (and even knew the hand motions). Maybe you even wore some Jesus swag on your neck or wrist (remember those cool saints bracelets?) You went to Church. You prayed before meals and bedtime. At Church you found a group of people who accepted you for who you are. It was where you could have good, clean fun and hang out with the opposite sex without raising your parent’s eyebrows.
And you BELIEVED. You believed in a God that loved you as His own beloved child. God and Church were a major part of your life. Maybe they still are. Maybe you still believe. Maybe you still do all of the above.
But maybe you don’t.