You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour. (Ex 20:16)
While other commandments may not be broken, this one is being smashed, sadly. If this commandment was adhered to, it feels like there would be no political debate which descends into ‘ad hominem’ point-scoring. Much of what is written/said on social media whether it is ‘joking’ or not seems to play free with the truth whether it is about celebrities or others. In such a milieu, who can be taken at face value? If lying is de rigour, who is trustworthy?
This is an opportunity to promote empathy – do to others what you would have done to you. There is an expression: ’the person who throws mud loses ground’. It is important for the young people in our care to realise that running others down is likely to bounce back on them – ruining their reputation.
Have a great week!