Sticks and Stones

Bullying is nothing new. One of the earliest accounts of bullying takes place in the Old Testament between Ishmael and the patriarch Isaac (Genesis 21: 8-10). Today bullying continues as it has for generations only the playground has changed. Bullying is no longer confined to picking on the “geek” during recess period. No, the playground now extends to the World Wide Web that is accessible 24/7 and now even warrants another new social term cyberbullying. The effects are devastating. Victims of cyberbullying suffer from an extensive range of emotional impacts including anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. If the attacks are severe enough victims resort to alcohol, drugs, skipping school, and in severe cases become suicidal. Perhaps the most sinister aspect of cyberbullying is the fact that the electronic media provides an unwitting gap for the perpetrators are they not even aware of the harmful effects their social media assault has on the victim. Social media is a powerful tool but neutral tool that can be used both for bad as in the case of cyberbullying or it can be used to save lives as in the case of Amber alerts. What would the Apostle Paul say to us today if he could? OMG, “…encourage one another and build each other up…” TTYL, Paul (1 Thessalonians 5:11, New International Version).

I am currently working on a graduate degree in Organizational Leadership and Management at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, Colorado. I am a retired military veteran and the radio program manager for the Rocky Mountain Region in Denver, Colorado for the U.S. Forest Service. I humbly and proudly attend Red Rocks Church in Littleton, Colorado.

Written By: Mark Hooper

I am currently working on a graduate degree in Organizational Leadership and Management at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, Colorado. I am a retired military veteran and the radio program manager for the Rocky Mountain Region in Denver, Colorado for the U.S. Forest Service. I humbly and proudly attend Red Rocks Church in Littleton, Colorado.