I tried to avoid it, I really did. The vortex of circumstances caught me in the trap of a toxic social media cesspool of vitriol and hate. Unfortunately, I was flat out fighting a virus that, although not COVID, was at least its first cousin. I’m trusting virus tests as much as I trust federally rushed vaccines these days, so yes, in answer to your question—I’ll be getting a second test.
It all started innocently enough. I thought I would just acclimate myself to the new Facebook Feed. You know, just to get used to the changes. BIG mistake! I started reading the latest from the one who thinks he’s greatest, and down I went. I responded to a few comments to refute the lies and soon I was up to my waist in slop. It didn’t take much. Just a few inane comments got me going. It wasn’t long before I recognized I was in too deep to extricate myself.
Then I remembered God’s word. “Immerse Yourself in Me.” So, once again, I pressed the Facebook Feed Eradicator button and prayed for God’s deliverance from the toxic swirl of disparaging remarks (some were mine unfortunately) and asked God for forgiveness and a do-over. Wiping the sludge from my soul and spirit, I shook my head in disbelief. How could I have slipped so easily? It really doesn’t take much these days. It’s all around us (the hate that is) so we must be ever vigilant of the enemy’s tactic of sucking us in.
The bottom line is we are all vulnerable to a virus, including the virus of hate and lies. Learn from my mistake. The best way to avoid it is to keep your distance and immerse yourself in God more than the toxic swirl of the world. Take a break, spend more time in God’s Word and less time in the muck of what others are spewing, and save yourself before it’s too late.
God’s telling us to step out of the muck. It’s best that we do.