We live in such a time that outrage is a sport of sorts. There seems to be an addiction, almost like outrage porn.
- Someone cuts you off in traffic going way too fast. Now you’re upset! You follow them … to the Emergency Room entrance. They are running into the hospital with their child.
- Someone looks in your direction from across the street and makes weird faces and gestures with their hand. You yell at them from your side, “What’s your problem?” They don’t hear you. They are too busy trying to get the bee off of them without spilling their latte.
- Someone manipulates a headline or photoshops an image and the buzz feeds the finger-pointers and meme mongrels.
Proverbs 25:8 warns us to slow things down:
Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.
Often, we enter a battle without knowing the grounds or even what the battle is about. The battle has become the game. Outrage the addiction. Facebook the needle?
Slow down. Keep your wood off the fire (Prov 26:20). Don’t be in a hurry to battle.
There might not be one worth fighting.
If you do find a battle, settle it amicably and privately (Prov 25:9).