Being made fun of, called cruel names, and just being treated badly all together has become normal for people online these days. Fighting back with words against these attacks is also starting to happen more often— and that's exactly what Sadie Robertson did this week.
The “Duck Dynasty Star” shared a post urging people to start treating each other like “humans” after two of her friends faced the same type of online bullying that she has.
The post, in part, reads:
“Seeing 2 of my friends get hurt the same way I have in the past has lead me to this. how do you look at yourself, how do others look at you, how does God look at you. Others - Our culture has a very off perspective. Have we gotten confused on the difference between the screens and the human themselves? It seems like in the most ”connected“ world this is the most separated we have ever been. The comments, the memes, the sub-tweets, the twitter wars... We have taken all the human out of the screen. Instead of seeing a heart, all you are seeing is a face. Instead of seeing beauty, all you see are the things that are different in that person. This creates a separation between us. Humans are so much more important than a screen. No amount of retweets will ever be worth the pain you feel on the other side of the screen when you feel like you have been a 'savage'. ... If God looks down from heaven to see us think about his perspective... interesting huh? It's different than ours.Think about when you are at the top of a building and you look down. You just see humans. No faces, you can't pick out clothes, you can't go in detail about outer appearances, but what you can see is actions. ...'”
Robertson's friend, Emma Mae Jenkins, is being bullied online because of her unapologetic love for God...
Jenkins's post reads:
“I get bullied because of how much I am so recklessly in love with Jesus. I get laughed at for the way that I smile, and I get mocked for how my voice sounds...but to be a daughter of the King//to be a child of God means to love those who hate you. It means to pray for those who persecute you. It means to bless those who curse you. I would not be living the life worthy of the calling that God has called me to live if I only loved those who love me in return. To be a beloved of the Most High means to pick up my cross and follow Him because He loved us all expecting nothing in return. I am smiling in such humble response to the joy that the Lord has overflowed my cup with!! New blog post up about the sweet grace that has called us to live a higher standard and love unconditionally in JOY! The link is in my bio and I pray that this blesses your heart! I surely do love you!!”
Robertson's second friend, Lizzie Velasquez, has been called the “world's ugliest woman.” While she has risen above the cruelness and become a motivational speaker, she still faces being the subject of people's cruel “jokes.”
This particular meme grabbed both Velasquez and Robertson's attention...
“No matter what we look like or what size we are, at the end of the day we are all human. I ask you to keep that in min the next time you see a viral meme of some random stranger.”
Robertson is right, “Check your heart before you check the mirror.”