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'Just Unfollow Me!'

The gospel demands we engage the world, even when we feel vulnerable.
'Just Unfollow Me!'

"If you don't like what I've said, just unfollow me." I see this retort pop up in my Twitter feed and Facebook account at least once a week, and often from Christian friends. Usually they're responding to someone who disagrees with a statement they made on Facebook. It seems to be used as a conversation-ending trump card: "I'm right, you're wrong, and I'm not going to waste my time with your ignorance." I've even seen this statement in friends' profiles. It's embedded in their online identities—before anyone has said a word. The sign marking the boundaries of their digital persona reads, "Disagree with me? Then stay away!"

Maybe they feel provoked. Maybe they feel backed into a corner. Maybe they want to identify themselves as "a person of truth." But, to me, these are indicators that darker things are bubbling beneath the surface.

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