Monday, May 13, 2013

Contemplating Memes: Morality and Judging

As Seen On Facebook
A few weeks ago I saw a meme on Facebook that caught my attention. The text of the meme states: "Don't judge me. You can't handle half of what I've been through. There's a reason I do what I do, there's a reason I am who I am." This and similar memes seem quite prevalent on Facebook lately, and Christians need to know how to react logically and in love- not just on Facebook, but also in real life conversation. This week let's discuss some constructive ways to respond from the Christian worldview. Here are some questions to get the conversation started:

  • What are the reasons that someone may state something like the meme?
  • In the context of God's existence and objective morality, what are the philosophical problems with the meme's foundation and intention?
  • In the context of the existence of evil and suffering (physical and emotional) in the world, how can the meme's foundation and intention be understood?
  • How can Jesus' teaching in Matthew 7 be used to form a logically consistent and relevant reply to this meme?
  • How can we communicate all this in love?

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