I know I missed a day of blogging yesterday. When I started this blog, I didn’t intent to write ever day, but it will be close to that. Also, I am continuing my trek through the old testament and have been in 1 Samuel the past two days. But that isn’t what I’m writing about today. Today, I want to tackle the subject of those Christian emails that make their way around the Internet. For the most part, I tend to agree with the main message behind the majority of these emails. What I don’t agree with is the tact these emails take to try to get you to forward them. Many of them take the guilt tact and say things like, “you wouldn’t think twice about sending a joke,” or “if you deny Me before men, then I will deny you before my Father.” Then there is the guaranteed blessing tact saying, “you will be blessed if you send this to ten people in the next ten minutes.” What a load of baloney!!
If you want to live a blessed life, live the life that Jesus taught us to live. I don’t recall anywhere in the scripture where it tells us to play the guilt card to get someone to do something, or to guarantee a blessing for sending a message. The bottom line is that the Christian faith is a full time walk, not a weekend event. The next time you receive one of these emails, don’t send it on. Besides, most people would probably only send it to the “safe” people in their address book. I wouldn’t send them to non-believers because the guilt and blessing tacts are really negative methods. Instead, reply-all to the person who sent you the message and encourage them to do the same with text similar to the following:
Instead of sending the chain mail on, I want to propose a new challenge. Send this back to the original sender and encourage them to do the same.
1. Walk your faith all the time, everywhere so people notice a difference between you and the rest of world.
2. When people notice the difference, tell them why Christ in you makes that difference.
3. Stand in for the defenseless, hold up the powerless, raise up the humble, speak up for the meek, feed the hungry, provide shelter for the homeless, pray for and love your enemies… You get the idea. Don’t try to tackle these for everyone, just one of “the least of these” at a time.
4. Tell people about Christ’s redeeming love without regard to what they might think or concern of offending them. Better to offend them into heaven than to neglect them into hell.
Christ commanded us to do two things:
Love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.
And, love your neighbor as yourself.
Then, He commissioned us to “Go into all the world (your workplaces/schools are in the world) and preach the gospel to every creature.”
I truly believe that if everyone who professed to be a Christian followed just the two commandments that Christ gave us, and fulfilled the great commission in our local spheres of influence, there would be no need for negative tactics or false promises of blessing.
Lord, grant me the conviction, courage, and character to live Your commandments and fulfill Your great commission for those you entrust to me to do so.
In Jesus Name.