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Chain letters date back to the 1900’s when they were delivered via postal service asking for monetary donations. My first encounter with a chain letter goes back to around the 8th grade, where the letters were passed during class–and disobeying the commands promised disastrous results. I thought I left that stuff back in 19xxxx! But here we are in 2018, with instant and constant access to the Internet, in particular Facebook, where many of us are inundated with memes, posts and inbox messages, asking, or even demanding quid pro quo action.
- “If you forward this letter to 40 people, you will receive a check in the mail”.
- “So and so is giving away 30 million dollars, but you must send this to 100 of your Facebook friends.”
- “Here is a rose of love. If you love me, you’ll send it back to me and pass it on to 12 others.”
- “If you are not ashamed of the Jesus, pass this along. If you don’t you are ashamed of God.”
- “THE LAST time I [sic] prayed this prayer, over 5,000 people received shocking Miracles. You have [sic] type Amen and shared post but you didn’t receive anything! This night is your own night.”
- “I pray that as you read this, you will be showered with blessings. Type Amen and share if you agree.”
- I stretch my hands and pray for 10,000 PEOPLE, things have delayed in your life but from the time you type: Amen and share this post[sic] Receive your miracle.
For many, passing and typing seems harmless, but there a problem. These messages are steeped in lies, fear and superstition, all which have no place in the believers life.
First off, the lies that are told on these posts are outrageous. How do we know that Bill and Melinda Gates are giving away money? Are we positive that Tyler Perry is blessing people randomly? Has anyone done the research and gotten the scoop from a credible, reliable source? One Holy-Ghost filled believer I spoke to said “well, I don’t know if he [Tyler Perry] is giving away money, but I passed it along anyway”.
BCU Fam, as people of God, we are responsible for every word we say and deed we participate in (See Matthew 12:36 and Romans 14:12). If we are unsure if something is untruthful, we really should not spread the information. Not only are we guilty of lying, but we are encouraging the practice of idolatry. Colossians 3:5-7, 9-10 reminds us to:
5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
Many of the memes promise wealth and good fortune if we obey it’s commands. Are we not content with what we have? Are we truly trusting God?
6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
Next, what Scripture supports God tallying up our “likes”, “shares” and “amens” in order to bless us? Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith it’s impossible to please Him [God]. He that comes to God must believe that He is, and that is a rewarder of them that diligently (earnestly, swiftly and with zeal) seek Him. It’s just that simple, BCU Fam. No complications needed.
So, what about the fear of breaking the chain? Will God really be upset if you scrolled past a post concerning Him and didn’t click like? Will He not answer the prayers of an ill individual because we didn’t type amen? Does catastrophic disaster await because we didn’t pass on a message? Tormenting, demanding, ultimatum fear comes from the devil. 2 Timothy 1:7 reminds us that God has NOT given us the spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind. Faith-filled, loving saints rest in the power of the Holy Ghost to supply needs and the sound mind that resists the urge to pass foolishness along. Period.
Next, let’s talk about the superstition part. Superstition is defined as “a widely held, but unjustified belief in supernatural causation leading to certain consequences of an action or event, or a practice based on such a belief”. To break it down even further, the superstitious meme-passing, is based on the unfounded “faith” that following an unbiblical command will release some “magical power” from God.
Moreover, superstition is directly linked to idolatry. We think of idols as little tiki statues that old Mr. Hanalay passed down to his family, but anything we place our trust in over God is an idol. So, when we type “amen” and share in hopes of getting a financial blessing or healing, our faith is in the actions we performed around the post, (idol), rather than asking God for what we need and trusting Him to supply those needs. Matthew 6:33 says that we are to seek the kingdom of God first and all His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you (See Matthew 6:25-33 for the full context).
BCU Family, the bottom line is that God does NOT endorse lying, living in fear, or idolatry in any fashion. Those who practice such behaviors do not inherit the kingdom of God (See Revelation 21:8 and Galatians 5:20). Rather than entertain these demonic communications, let’s practice living Philippians 4:6-9.
6 Be anxious for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
And rest on Philippians 4:19–
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
From here on out, instead of passing these messages around, let’s break every chain Amen?! Amen!
So what are your thoughts around chain letters and posts? Were you aware of the upsurge in these communications? Did you indulge in them? (Judgement free zone here). Head down to the comments section and let’s continue the conversation!
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