Mud spreading? Positive thoughts on negativity

Tired of negativity?

I am.

Maybe I’m overly sensitive, but I’m noticing an awful lot of mudslinging by Christians. Not all of them actually throw mud bombs. Some of them quote others and post links about mud—sharing it secondhand.

Secondhand mud is slime.

I don’t want slime, either.

We all have our own views on politics, religion, race relations, and various and sundries. I think it’s okay to differ on these to some extent. Each person is entitled to his opinion.

I’m not sure, though, that Christians realize how they affect others when they freely share dirt.

Aren’t we supposed to think on things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, good, virtuous, and praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8)? That’s what the Bible says. We also combat sinful stuff with thankfulness and praise (Ephesians 5:4).

The psalmist said he was actually thinking about God, and it produced joy in his life. My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD (Psalm 104:34).

This is why, when I see Christians spreading mud all over a grassy field, it grieves my heart.

What can we share instead? Let me suggest a few ideas:

  • beauty and good design
  • fun
  • Bible verses—Truth
  • praises to God
  • good news stories—dog, cat or child found; someone did something wonderful for someone else; success, achievement; kindness; good testimonies, etc.
  • nice photography
  • tributes
  • happy faces
  • beautiful music
  • artwork

Surely, you’ve thought of something else that reflects Christ, brings happiness to others, and actually points people to the Lord.

Quoting the old Mission Impossible opening, “Your mission, should you choose to accept it,” is to spread good stuff.

Not mud.

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).