Jon Moton, High School Pastor Gilbert Campus.
We see it frequently in a celebration after a baseball/softball team wins their championship. We see it in football when a football player refuses to be tackled. We see it with dogs too. 😉
…but we also see it in our culture.
What if I told you that there is something really disturbing about “piling on”? It is not the celebrating that is disturbing. It is the harm it can do. No I’m talking about cleats scrapping or the damage that excessive weight does on the body.
I am talking about “dog piling” in our culture.
You know what I mean right? Someone makes a mistake, does something they should not have done. Someone does something foolish. It is out there and we pounce.
Think about it for a moment:
- The beauty contestant who says something that is unintelligent.
- The politician who says something that was irresponsible.
- The co-worker who fails.
- The neighbor who had the police vehicles in front of their house last night.
- The incident. The latest development. The “I-can’t-believe-they-did-that” moment.
- The insensitive post, comment, or tweet.
We have been taking our students through a lesson series called “Judgment Call”. We have been looking closely at how easy it is to judge someone. How easy it is to criticize instead of empathize. How easy it is to “pile on” instead of taking the high road.
We also wrestled with the perception that Christians are known the be the worst at “piling on” especially when someone does something wrong.
I am often challenged by the following verse: “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35 (NIV) It is easier to pounce, criticize, comment, and critique than it is to encourage, love, or support. “Piling on” in our culture is so easy isn’t it? People do some unwise things and nowadays everybody sees it. I think its easy for us because it keeps the focus off of us. Speaking of us. If we look closely we see that we also do unwise things too.
Imagine a place where Christians empathized with one another, loved one another, and shared Christ’s love with one another.
Now that would be a dog pile celebration!