Michael Boling – Thou Shalt Not Be Snarky!

“Thou shalt not be snarky.” Okay, I will admit that is not actually listed word for word in the Ten Commandments. Or is it?

We do find commands about honoring our father and mother (item number 4). Additionally, Jesus noted in Matthew 22:37-40, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments.”

I would submit that being snarky is likely something not under the umbrella of loving God or our neighbor. After all, the definition of snarky is being “sharply critical, cutting, or snide.” Are those attributes of godly love we find listed in Scripture? Definitely the answer to that question is a resounding and reverberating no!

Love is noted as being patient, kind, does not dishonor others, is not easily angered, and keeps no record of wrongs. Being snarky does the complete opposite of biblical love.

The Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). Being snarky is anything but the Fruit of the Spirit.
If a hallmark of the believer is one who loves God and loves their neighbor according to the definition of biblical love and the Fruit of the Spirit, then being snarky needs to be eradicated from our lives. There simply is no place for it whatsoever.

Admittedly, the tongue is the source of great evil. Cutting remarks, jokes at the expense of others, and being sharply critical of others (i.e. the speck in another’s eye while there is a giant redwood tree in your eye) are far too easy actions. Habitual snarky behavior becomes almost second nature. Perhaps at times we don’t intend to be mean, but the nature of snarky comments and actions is just that, namely an attempt to belittle another in an effort to elevate oneself.

All these little one-liners that bring down others and destroy and semblance of constructive conversation and relationships are made all the more easy by social media. Just log on to Twitter and see hashtag this or that or see the latest meme on Facebook. That which seems as nothing more than a funny picture, joke, or comment is actually a snarky and ungodly response to our fellow man.

I think the best way to rid ourselves of this nasty behavior is to follow the wisdom of James 1:19-21 which states, “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and every expression of evil, and humbly receive the word planted in you, which can save your souls.”

To put is simply, hush your mouth before it gets you in trouble and perpetuates habitual snarky behavior. Being snarky is nothing more than moral filth.

Think about it!

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