With the advent of personal computers and the internet, many have taken to social media, commentaries and various blogs and web sites.
Strong social messages have accommodated these instruments of communication—so much so, one can find almost any position either supporting or opposing one’s own point of view.
Within these messages are ‘brave’ ‘bold’ assertions—assertions so courageously announced a crowd would never witness someone doing this in person to one’s face.
Yes, we are bold and gutsy. We are dynamite in words and often hide beyond the faceless keyboard, blasting away at one juncture or another and in favor of others.
Often, this is the case of the Christian, one way or another. We see Christians such as myself making affable affirmations, affirmations probably not experience in the here and now, in person.
It is easy to be brave behind a keyboard. Easy to announce, to denounce, detest, affirm or bind when the only requirement is that we pounce upon words insisting our point of view is the correct point of view and at other times, insisting our view is the only approach existing.
So then, we examine one form of witnessing and that is by the written word.
Unfortunately, this is usually where witness begins and ends.
We leave out the true witnessing, the witness that counts.
We should see all of our words in living colors by:
Our relations with our family
Our relations with our brothers and sisters
Relations, interactions with the church as a corporate entity
Our Witness as we perform our jobs to the Glory of God
Our witness as we speak and interact with the homeless, imprisoned, orphans, widows, sick, the hungry, poor and afflicted.
So then, in our true interaction with all the facets of our witness, we see not only our hypocrisy, but the lack of real engagement with most of the groups we are called to witness.
Yes, we are brave, filled with courage behind the keyboard, but it will not be the keyboard that provides to those who so desperately need it.
It will only be the concern, the hard work, the personal involvement of people like you and me who bother to reach out to all those people who are the least of them in our totality of witnessing. In the end, the keyboard is at the bottom of the list for our courageous keyboard is a coward.