Ricky Gervais recently tweeted, “Following someone on Twitter and complaining about what they tweet about is like phoning someone to tell them you don’t want to talk to them.” It was retweeted 16180 times.
In other words, Ricky Gervais says you should just ignore annoying people. Before we get to my alternatives, let me give some examples of the kind of posts that annoy me:
- “I’m about to preach to 1 billion people. Pray for me”
- “Wow! I got so wasted last night I barely made it to church this morning”
- “Just chatted to my close and personal friend @ChristianCelebrity”
Sadly I know I’m guilty of some of these myself. Maybe not to the same extreme, but you get the point. I’m just as guilty as the next guy.
So how should we respond? Here’s three options:
Repent- sometimes I’m just jealous. I want to be the one in the limelight, and I resent the fact that they’re there instead of me. I want their gifts, their opportunities and their influence. If this is where my feelings are coming from, I need to repent of my sin and thank God for my faithful brother or sister.
Rebuke- we’re all sinful, sometimes we just need someone to point it out. If you think someone’s an egomaniac or their misrepresenting Jesus, maybe you need to rebuke them. Make sure you’re the appropriate one to do it, and if you are, do it in person, not on Twitter, Facebook, or e-mail.
Remove- there’s nothing stopping you from removing someone from your feed. It’s fast, simple and effective. You don’t need to make a big deal of it, you don’t need to announce it to the world, you just need to stop following them. If they cause you to sin, or they won’t listen to your rebuke, remove them.
If you’ve got something that adds value, share it. If not, leave it out. And remember, next time that person frustrates you- “love covers over a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8).
Question: What type of posts frustrate you on social media and how do you respond? Leave a comment by clicking here.