The other day I tweeted:
@gayambassador #HICHURCH NB I don't fight with conservative
anti-gay christians. Instead of fighting I overcome ignorance and misinformation with truth.
Then @OrganicMarriage tweeted a reply
OrganicMarriage @gayambassador U belong 2 your father the
devil, He has always hated truth, there is no truth in him bible.cc/john/8-44.htm #truthxchanged
There's often a huge temptation to respond
to a message like OrganicMarriage's. How dare they make such outrageous statements. I must defend myself.
BUT....resist the temptation to respond because if you don't you'll find it becomes a toxic vortex, which draws you in, winds you up,
spins you around, stresses you out, drains you and eventually burns you out.
After you have invested time and energy in the back and forth engagement with
the troll you realise that absolutely
nothing has been achieved. All you have done is gone around and around in
Nothing's changed...certainly not
To respond is to argue. An argument takes at
least two people. If you don’t respond then they are talking to the wall...lost
in space...cyberspace. Leave the truth of your original statement to do its
work on those it was meant to reach.
Use your time more effectively; with people
who want to talk AND listen and have questions you can answer rather than
those whose minds are made up. My experience is that there are more of the
former than the latter. Thank God!
Don't automatically react. Consciously choose
your battles and use your time effectively with people of value.
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