I know others have expressed concern with the loosening of the moderation allowing the charity level to deteriorate. I do not believe this is indicative of the new forum, but is a continuation of a trend that has been going on for more than the year. Even deeper, is a a trend on the internet as a whole, where anonymity has allowed a whole new level of bullying, belittling and general disregard for others.
I would like to think that we are capable of being different. As I was reflecting on this three nights ago, I started to think we have allowed a moral good, being nice, well-mannered and polite, to morph into a worldly negative of be politically correct, or too soft.
Yet the Church is nice. Christians must be nice. We have been commanded, first and foremost as the second of all commands, to love our neighbors as ourselves. Moreover, it is only by our charity that we are known. So, on the internet, anonymity can not hide those who belong to Christ.
It was Jesus you first said, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John went further, using this as a way of separating false prophets. In 1 John 4:
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already… 7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love… 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.