Apparently I am ashamed of Jesus.
I don't truly love Him.
have worked in and out of ministry for 22 years and been a Christian
for 29 years. I have been a pastor, missionary and counselor.
Throughout the week I share Jesus with those I meet via my job in
ministry. I spend time sharing with others and trying to point them to
However, nearly every week I am told on
Facebook that if I do not forward the latest "Christian" post spam, then
I am ashamed of Him and that He would deny me before God because I had
denied Him before men!
How did this happen? How did
Scriptures like Mark 8:38, where Jesus had been talking about taking up
our cross and following Him, get misappropriated to mean if we did not
forward Facebook posts we were dishonoring God? Why is Matthew 10:33
flying around on my Facebook telling me to forward various of
nonsensical stuff to everyone on my list? Why am I being browbeaten by
Luke 9:26 and told that I don't love God enough if I don't forward these
posts to all my friends?
You can call this a rant. It's ok.
I find myself disturbed by this misuse of Scripture.
Bible is God's Word. According to 2nd Timothy 3:16, "Every Scripture
passage is inspired by God. All of them are useful for teaching,
pointing out errors, correcting people, and training them for a life
that has God's approval."
Now I believe the internet
can be used as powerful tools in sharing God's Word. To teach,
encourage, correct and train people in the the Word. However when we
manipulate Scripture to encourage people to send cutesy (or spiritually
manipulative) posts around the world we do a major disservice to the
body of Christ!
It's sad really. The internet can be
used to share your testimony, encourage the body of Christ and to be a
true witness but when I read a misuse of Scripture I immediately delete
the posts from my page. So before sending the next forward of the
latest Christian Chain Image stop and look at the Scripture you are
sending. Is it applicable, appropriate and used in a way that will
glorify God? If it is then by all means send it. If it only furthers
the "blessings and cursing" of a chain letter with a bit of Scripture
added, do everyone a favor and hit delete.
(This post originally appeared back in 2009 and was geared more towards emails I was receiving at the time. I have now updated and adapted it for Facebook.)