I confess, I have lost my temper a few times on the internet and been less than charitable and patient with some people. On the other hand, I’m not sure patience and charity and is always what is called for. Some people sure could use a good spiritual epiphany upside the head.
“Your theology is like the devil’s parody of Christianity.”
Someone far wiser and more patient than I typed those words in a comment section and they really resonated with me. At that very moment I was thinking of sock puppets, as in no real person who actually knows Jesus Christ would ever say the things I am reading here. You simply must be a sock puppet.
So what is a sock puppet?
“A sock puppet is an online identity used for purposes of deception. The term, a reference to the manipulation of a simple hand puppet made from a sock, originally referred to a false identity assumed by a member of an Internet community who spoke to, or about, themselves while pretending to be another person.”
Sock puppets are a real thing in the internet world. There are people who will assume the identity of a member of a group they want to parody and mock, and then proceed to post comments that shed a bad light on that group. It’s a form of satire. Betty Bowers is a type of sock puppetry that mocks and ridicules Christians by exaggerating our worst characteristics.
Some people however, are unwitting sock puppets of the devil’s parody of Christianity. Unwitting, as in there are some so foolish they really need to go in the Witless Protection Program before they hurt themselves…. and others.
Sigh. I know those who will read this don’t need to and those who need to read it never will, but just the same I have to say it. Don’t allow yourself to become a sock puppet for the devil’s parody of Christianity. We are all the deeply flawed and often short-tempered face of Jesus Christ here on earth, but for some we are also the only representative they are ever going to see. That carries with it a certain amount of responsibility…..and accountability for the words we speak while claiming His name.