Have you noticed that social media is becoming infested with people who are argumentative and filled with hate? It is filled with various other people who harbor assorted agendas. Many are seeking attention or trying to fill the void in their lives by other than spiritual means – because they don’t have God in their lives. Hate and violence are beginning to rear their ugly heads on the Internet. Expletives which were never used before are being used on a regular basis, the F- bomb right along with them. Some of these people are flipping out – right on Facebook.
Anything and everything can be said on the Internet. Hackers, traitors and Muslim extremists are making good use of this resource. How much frightening information and/or misinformation and outright lies can a human mind endure?
While many non-Christians and Atheists are flipping out today (We’ve all seen their antics on television and the like), we believers of the Bible can take heart. We, of all other people, have the assurance that God has our back. “I shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” With so much bad news, this is imperative in today’s information age.
A perfect example of this is our president who tweets on an almost daily basis. Our thin-skinned president takes on all comers and destroys them – that’s what I like about him. It’s been said that he’s crazy – I say crazy like a fox! If he didn’t resort to his twitter rants, the mainstream news media would twist his words around to write something he really didn’t say. He’s got the self-important news reporters over a log.
Some of us can contend with the assault of information bombarding us, while others simply can’t handle it. Others prefer living under a rock. In some ways it’s best for them to do so simply for peace of mind. There are plenty of others though, who for one reason or another join in the conversations of the day. This is going on more and more as we all have something to say and are becoming more vocal.
On Facebook there are many self-styled news brokers and evangelicals in different stages of spiritual growth. Many religious women have come to the fore plying their brand of Christianity on the masses. You have to wonder if they ever leave the chairs in front of their computers to go to the bathroom. They must really think they are God’s gift to others while pontificating on the web.
Albeit, I too have made it my mission to minister to my Facebook “friends.” (I supposedly have over 430 of them, but there’s no way of being sure). Last night, a certain young man posted a rambling message about how he was feeling. In doing so, he used the F-bomb in accusing someone or another of making his life miserable, and then he added this: “You don’t know what’s going on in my head.”
My contention is that the young man, whose posts I had read before, was flipping out on Facebook. I wrote back trying to use tact, saying, “Jesus knows what you are feeling, and he will alleviate all your fears and give you a peace that surpasses all understanding. Ask Him to come into your heart and life and to give you the peace he offers.” The information age is taking its toll, and there are many wolves in sheep’s clothing out in cyber space.
I recently did this with a devout Jewish young man, and we were communicating effectively until two other well-meaning Christian ladies intervened with their “holier than thou” attitude, and he drifted away. But he knows and likes me, and we may continue to have our insightful and thought-provoking conversations by some other means.
I work out at a local gym every other day, and I rarely if ever speak to anyone since most are there to exercise and not to socialize.
A young and pudgy, unkempt lady about thirty years old came over to the stationary bike next to mine. She placed a Jehovah’s Witness Bible (New World Translation) in the holding tray and left to get something before commencing her workout. I had just finished up my cardiovascular workout and proceeded to the locker room.
As I was leaving I stopped by to warn the unkempt young lady that the JW was a cult and had just written about them on a Christian website. I gave her my card, unconcerned that my phone number was on it. She called later in the day and asked if she could send me a video. I didn’t know what to expect, and after I hem-hawed around, I finally relented.
The video was of her praying for others but never mentioning Jesus Christ – a New Age religion. As she finished, she went into a trancelike state and began to speak in rhythmic tongues. She was obviously a very confused young lady. I must admit that this one may be too far gone. The best I can do is pray for her deliverance. What a world we live in!
I was surprised to learn that there were so many writers out there, and anyone can get their book published for a price, no matter how bad it is. I’ve encountered my share and had to turn them down since they never even read what I sent them. But just when I was losing hope in finding a legitimate publisher, a reader of my articles introduced me to a publisher who is not a vanity publisher like so many others. Now I have to wait patiently to hear his prognosis.
Lately, I’ve been encountering various trials, and as you can imagine, it can be very disheartening; but it is to my benefit in building character, engendering patience and endurance.
If I’m to believe Scripture, I have to trust in the Word of God where it says, “All things work together to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.”
Previously, I always believed the verse that says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” And so I always plunged right in to every endeavor. Now, I have to believe that God’s timing is best, and sometimes He just says, no.