I’ve noticed a few insults that have become popular on social media, especially in regard to political and social issues. Here are two of them.
“BUTT HURT PEOPLE”
I’ve also anecdotally noticed many of these insults are hurled by many people who claim to be a part of the Body of Christ. Our Lord and Savior was clear about insults…
Matthew 5:22 (NKJV)
22 But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother [a]without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’[b] shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, [c]‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of [d]hell fire.
Ephesians 4:29 (NKJV)
29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary [a]edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
Here’s what I find interesting. Most of the time I’ve noticed these insults, they’re wrapped around people COMPLAINING about people COMPLAINING.
“These BUTT HURT people are trying to change history! They need to get over themselves!”
“These SNOWFLAKES are too sensitive! They need to ‘grow a pair’ and stop complaining!”
Did you catch that? Go back and read the statements again.
They are WHINING about other people WHINING.
This is a classic example of the narcissistic, self-absorbed and childish behavior that is one of the many fruit of the sin of PRIDE.
It’s amazing how it’s considered whining until it’s something that’s important to you!
So many people feel their cause, passion, heritage or culture is so much more noble.
So many people arrogantly feel they decide which protest and complaint is worthy of attention.
So many people arrogantly feel that the correct narrative about history, social issues, civil rights issues, and even issues of faith are determined through the lens of their perspective.
These people are proving themselves to be the very SNOWFLAKES and BUTT HURT people they are accusing others to be.
We can all benefit by praying that God help us to guard our tongues and to help us to know when to speak and when to be silent.
Proverbs 21:23 (NKJV)
23 Whoever guards his mouth and tongue
Keeps his soul from troubles.
James 3:1-12 (NKJV)
3 My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. 2 For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a [a]perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. 3 [b]Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. 4 Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things.
See how great a forest a little fire kindles! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of [c]iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of [d]nature; and it is set on fire by [e]hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. 8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the [f]similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? 12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? [g]Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.
Matthew 12:36-37 (NKJV)
36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”