Recently, I accepted a Facebook Friend Request from a friend of a friend. Soon after, this person’s posts started landing in my Facebook Home. Many of them were angry, vicious even, laced with hateful and vulgar language toward friends and family members. I have no interest in ‘hearing’ such language nor am I interested in exposure to such venom. Will online interactions, Facebook and otherwise, crush the few manners still present in our society? Once upon a time, one could count on a certain amount of civility in public interactions due to the constraints of the culture. And, despite the illusion to the contrary, for most of us, our Facebook posts are public interactions. Even if we limit interactions to friends, that still could mean hundreds of readers. Perhaps our culture hasn’t caught up to the Facebook age but I think it more likely that the constraints of civility are giving way to anything goes. Even at the grocery store or at ballgames, folks push these constraints to the breaking point. Apparently multiple organizations across the country share my concern as local schools, hospitals and even a college recently launched civility awards for employees as well as public figures. Like them, I simply want to find kindness and self-control a more frequent guest in our interactions, online and otherwise. And this is particularly true for us as Christians when we consider that the Holy Spirit gives us the fruit of the Spirit: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Gal. 5:22-23)” How can we proclaim the truth of the gospel of Christ with integrity if we contaminate our communications in ways so contrary to His nature?