Drama and Christians: Do They Mix?
Everyone has experienced the following moment at least once in their life. They walk into an environment, and immediately feel tension. Whether it’s because a coworker and your boss have gotten into an argument recently, or a friend has something on their mind, it’s as if we have a radar detector for when we need to get out of a space.
The real question is: do we actually leave that space when we sense drama? Most, would actually say no. After all it is in our human nature to be noisy, but remember this simple fact. As Christians, we need to be the difference.
You heard right. As Christians, we have to showcase the different behavior. It can be so, so easy to spread rumors around about others, especially if they’re what we consider interesting. Even spreading things like a breakup of a friend can seem inviting, because of course, you’re getting the reaction out of it. Please remember though, just because something feels great in the moment, doesn’t mean it’s not a sin.
Most sins feel great in the moment, but what you’ll quickly realize is that they can lead to a very uncomfortable future. For example if said friend overhears your gossip.
Let’s be serious; Drama is unneeded. You may think a life without it is boring, but it’s unavoidable at times. We can’t always stop it, but in most cases with friends and coworkers, we can.
So what do you do if you find yourself overhearing an interesting conversation that could be hilarious if told to a friend? Don’t tell people. If it’s private information, you shouldn’t share it. No matter how “funny it would be”. It’s not worth it.
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” — Ephesians 4:29
Remember, we don’t need to spread around drama; it didn’t come from us, so it’s not ours by any means. If you feel the need to spread something around, try making it positive. After all, you may learn something new, or engage in much deeper, more interesting conversations that way. It’s certainly worth a try.
Keep yourself in check, as much as the people around you. If you happen to hear something that doesn’t sit right with you, don’t keep quiet! Even if it makes you uncomfortable for a moment, it’s certainly better than the person on the other end, who feels uncomfortable for a week because of overhearing something said about them.
Some drama is unavoidable, but in cases where it is, you should avoid it at all costs. Keep an open mind, and try having positive conversations with others, with impact. Don’t forget your voice, and remember to speak out against things you don’t agree with. Finally, keep this phrase with you: “Christians are the difference.”
— Lillian Putnam