Yesterday someone left an insulting anonymous comment here at CREEations. I had to think about how I responded.
My fist instinct was to simply delete the comment. Hey, it’s my blog. If you don’t like it, don’t read it. There are only about a hundred gazillion other websites and blogs out there. If you stumbled on my blog and don’t like it, hit the back button. Don’t insult me. Right?
But then I remembered that my only real policy here is to edit out profanity. Since the comment managed to steer clear of that even though it was insulting and hurtful, maybe deleting it wasn’t the right answer in this case.
I could have simply ignored the comment and left it there. But that’s really never been my way.
I chose to respond. Keep in mind that I can be very sarcastic and cynical. In fact that is the way I usually respond to things in general. So I wrote a response that was rather harsh.
But Jesus said we should turn the other cheek. Listen to his words:
“But if you are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. Pray for the happiness of those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn the other cheek. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also. Give what you have to anyone who asks you for it; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back. Do for others as you would like them to do for you.”
That’s pretty strong stuff. Not much room for harsh sarcastic cynicism.
I deleted my first response.
And I’m not sure I really succeeded in purging my sarcasm from my second try.
So my question is how would you have handled it better?
Let’s all learn from this and become better people for it. Leave a comment and let me know your suggestions.
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