Purveyors of Outrage

I cleaned up my Facebook feed this week.

I hid all posts from Conservative Daily, Tea Party, Heritage Foundation, The Blaze, etc.These entities sell outrage for our consumption. I hide liberal pages as well. I am tired of being yanked around by half truths.

I have my circular file at the door ready for most political advertisements.

I gave up watching or listening to Fox News, CNN, and the Today Show, among others, in 2013. All the shouting is evidence that they want the listener to share in the outrage. Ugh.

This is what God wants to see evidenced in our lives:

“5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” Phillipians 4:5

Shouting is not compatible with gentleness.

The Lord is near. Think about that.

These websites and TV stations also try to raise the flight/fight response. By sharing these posts, we participate in raising the level of anxiety in each other.

The very next verses are instructive.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7.

We don’t get to make politics the exception. “In every situation.”

It’s the mean season in politics. Don’t participate.

Outrage is for sale. I not buying. Not even in the market.

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