On the “Brood of Vipers” and Facebook Etiquette

by Mark T. Hancock · 1 comment

Jesus spoke pretty straight to some folks, calling groups of them “brood of vipers” or “of your father the devil.”

And God spoke to others, directly or through angels, calling them up to something higher with proclamations like, “mighty man of valor” to a man hiding in a wine-press. Or with a call to do something greater to a shepherd hiding in the wilderness.

Both of these approaches bore fruit, either in conviction, judgment, or inspiration.

The point is, it appears that you can accomplish just as much by telling someone what they can be as you can by telling someone what they are. And both approaches seem to be acceptable to God.

The key is in knowing when to do which.

The “brood of vipers” approach seems to have gained popularity in the media (social and otherwise). It surprises me to see how digitally vicious we can be. I fear it’s only a matter of time before it spills over to all of our transactions – virtual or otherwise.

I think we can do better.

Try some sincere affirmation and encouragement.

Maybe it will go viral.

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Michael Lusk September 16, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Yes, Mark. I sit and scratch my head when I watch CNN or FOX News. Criticism is cheap. Change is costly. If we had as many activists as we do conversationalists, America would be much better off.

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