King David once said, “I will set no wicked thing before my eyes” (Psalm 101:3). That rule of life by which the psalmist lived is a rule of life we need to consider, yet today. I know there is evil in the world. I know that men can do horrific things to other men. I know that terrible crimes are being committed against fellow human beings somewhere in this world as I type this article, but I don’t need or want to be exposed to a video of it!
I understand what a beheading is without someone posting a gruesome video of one. I understand the carnage of lining dozens of men up on their knees, whose hands are tied behind their backs, and summarily executing them. However, I don’t need to see a video to grasp the horror and sinfulness of such actions.
I’m disturbed that Christians can post such videos on their Facebook pages for all the world to see, then stand in the pulpit, or stand in Bible class, or sit down with their own children and grandchildren, and instruct them not to attend certain movies that are rated “R” because of the violence. If we don’t want to set “make-believe violence” before the eyes of our children, then what logic allows us to set real violence before our children?
The images we set before our eyes are not easily forgotten. Many images we see will remain with us for the rest of our lives. Are these the images we want engraved in our minds? Better yet, are these the images we want engraved in the minds of our youth, who happen to see these videos on their Facebook feeds?
What makes us think it is alright to post a graphic video of a murder? Whatever that rationale may be, would it also apply to rape? Would anyone think it’s appropriate to voyeuristically watch and post a graphic video of rape on Facebook? Is rape more offensive than murder? To me, it seems to be a rather strange ethical standard that would allow one and prohibit the other.
Friends, I’m not saying that we should look the other way while atrocities occur in this world. I’m not saying we should be ignorant of the threats to life and freedom. What I am saying is that indiscriminately sharing graphic depictions of such atrocities on Facebook is not a solution, but just another part of the problem. Please share what you think in the comments section.