Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: My friend Ed Stetzer has called the era in which we live, the age of outrage. And few would disagree with his assessment.
Here is a Bible principle that tells us Christians how to respond. And, after the verse is an excerpt from an article reminding us how bad online harassment has become.
“It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you.” 1 Peter 2:15 NLT
“1 in 3 Americans Suffered Severe Online Harassment in 2018.” by Alyssa Foot, Wired Magazine, 2/15/19.
…Despite concerted efforts by tech giants to cut back on abhorrent behavior on their platforms, a new survey finds that severe forms of online hate and harassment, including stalking and physical threats, may be on the rise. According to the survey, released Wednesday by the Anti-Defamation League, more than one third of Americans reported experiencing some type of severe online hate or harassment in 2018. A similar Pew Research Center reportfound that 18 percent of Americans said they were targeted with severe online harassment in 2017. For young people, the numbers are even worse, with about half of 18- to 29-year-olds saying they experienced some kind of severe harassment online in 2018.
…When the researchers ran the numbers again, focusing only on daily users of each platform, they found that the gaming network Twitch topped the list, with 47 percent of its daily users reporting some type of harassment, followed by Reddit, Facebook, and the chat app Discord. Last year, Twitch updated its community guidelines so that any hateful behavior would result in an “immediate, indefinite suspension.” This applied to activity that took place off of Twitch as well, but some users have reported ineffective enforcement of these rules.