The Facebook Dilemma

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“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

(Proverbs 15:1 ESV)

I remember fondly as a child the children’s rhyme … “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”  My childhood friends and I would sing it in complete unison…with a seemingly perfect flowing melody…as it filled us with fabricated fake courage in the face of yesterday’s more innocent bullies and playground taunts.  But even as we were singing its albeit short but encouraging and uplifting lyrics in perfect unison…I knew deep within my heart…that words hurt…that words can damage the soul….that words sting hard the unsuspecting heart, for even as a very young child…I already played victim to its ugly persistence…the ever hurtful words of a bully….the only existing words that echo through our very skeletal and temporary existence and deeply penetrate our souls with everlasting consequences….

“Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.”

(Proverbs 21: 23 ESV)

Today there exists a new brand of bully…a growing and global phenomenon where cyber animosity protects the worst of bullies….and encourages the very worst of filthy tongues to defile and spill over in mass destruction….its ugly words still sting with penetrating persistence….its consequences remain the same yet are more far-reaching…. much more damaging….Blatant evil spewed from the mouths of complete strangers and directed toward anyone who disagrees with them…disagrees with their ideology…disagrees with their political platform….disagrees with their current “movement”… disagrees with their absence of faith…their total denial of absolute Truth…. and/or is willing to cyber bully back and engage in a hateful war of words…using vulgar terms…derogatory names….demeaning tones….attacking the very fabric of our civilized society….our mothers, our brothers, our sisters, and our grandfathers… even our youngest and growing childhood future are not exempt from its dangerous vice…..the crippling words of a bully who hide cowardly in the complete and secure animosity of Facebook….

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Not only have we witnessed the increase of cyber-bullying over recent months… we now have witnessed the horrifying live streaming of recent murder and bloodshed….the ever growing recruitment tactics of a global terrorist network…. The unsuspicious flowing infusion of a sensationalized media between its posts….and of course… the constant stream of words…pure hateful words….paralyzing words… words meant to attack and degrade…..words meant to divide and conquer…words meant to deceive and confuse….words that will eventually cause us to ruin as a people….as a nation… and as a civilized society….

“Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.”

(Proverbs 13:3 ESV)

Isn’t it ironic … (smh…) that a global platform such as Facebook… a platform unheard of just a short time ago… and could be used to promote peace…and unify differences….and encourage greater understanding between the nations…between various people groups… has been slowly defaced and demoralized…and will continually be used for an ever growing evil intent…. by a fallen humanity….a fallen humanity who denies the very existence of a Savior….but are quick to blame God for all the ills in their society….

Do you continue to blame God for this new and growing travesty?

and then there are those who still insist… in a frightening growing majority….this sacred and ancient book which warns us all that harsh words will stir up anger….is mere fiction of an unknown source… in an unknown time…and by an unknown Savior ….as they continue to spin their web of deceit and destruction….

 And they are completely blinded by the only Word!

The only Word which penetrates all time and space!

The only Word which has withstood the test of time!

The only Word which saves us from ourselves!

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Sticks and stones may break my bones….

But words?…….

Do they harm you?

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Black vs. Blue

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.”

(John 5: 24 ESV)

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The hopeless state of my country…how very disheartening it truly is to me… and our world is in complete disarray…a vast multitude of empty voices crying from within a deepened and divided bottomless pit of pure helplessness….revenge and sorrow add additional hot flamed fuel which is poured over long existing festering wounds of past wrongs and wrongful undoing… of unpaid vendettas…. seemingly only to be paid in full from the current lives of complete innocence…

The constant bloodshed in our inner- city streets… the increase of anarchy and civil disorder….the ever- threatening global terrorism… and now sadly, a new domestic terrorism… a killing machine of extreme militancy outside our borders and now even within ….and the endless debates and political rhetoric….existing everywhere…a constant reminder of the sinful hearts which exists in all of us…it exists within me! It also exists within you!  It knows no color barrier…no ethnicity or racial barrier…. Prideful sin forcing sides in shameless conceit and wanting its own way….insisting on strict conformity and nothing else will please… and this results in even further division…and further unrest…..civil unrest… racial unrest….

I will continue cling to Jesus’ promise…that’s really all I have… for there is no other promise so fulfilling….so real…so gratifying….so complete!

  Jesus promised….For those who believe…they will be given eternal life….

From death to complete paradise… where no color exists….no racial disparity exists…no discrimination exists… no hatred…no sorrow…and every tear (from every skin color) will be wiped dry…

“…Truly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in paradise…”

(Luke 23: 43 ESV)

In honor of some racially diverse, Christian… and unfortunately… forgotten martyrs of the American Civil Rights Movement….

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Clyde Kennard

Wanting admission to the all-white Mississippi Southern College…he faced roadblock after roadblock…but Clyde, a devout Baptist man had an impeccable life and school record…they couldn’t dissuade him. So they framed him with a felony…convicted by an all-white jury…he was sentenced to seven years of hard labor…while incarcerated, he became seriously ill and was denied medical treatment…he died six months later of an intestinal cancer… but died never bitter or angry…

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Rev. James Reeb

A white Unitarian minister who answered the call of Dr. King’s call for clergy to join him in Selma… he left for a diner and was accosted by a trio of white men…he was beaten with a club and slipped into a coma, dying the following day.

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Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley

These children were getting ready for church services when a bomb exploded at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, killing all four of the school-age girls.

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Johnathan Myrick Daniels

An Episcopal Seminary student, he came to help with black voter registration….he was arrested…jailed… and then released…moments after his release from confinement, he was shot to death by a deputy sheriff.

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Christ’s sacrificial death paid the penalty for sin….

It guarantees the final escape from the very presence of sin…

These Christian Civil Rights Movement martyrs instantly awoke into the arms of their Savior!! 

We Must believe this!

Sin exists!

…and sin will continue to exist!

may I ask …What really has changed over the years? 

Pain and Suffering III

“And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.”

(John 3: 19 ESV)

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There is darkness in this world and the growing darkness is all penetrating…consuming…deepening…. and slowly engulfing us all…peering through every media outlet…lurking on the corners of every street….inviting itself into any venue…..and the innocent bloodshed…the crying and screaming of victims brutally being quickly silenced and trapped within its wicked death grip…and this evil is escalating as we are turning away from the light….it is pure hatred in the very face of simple innocence…and it is bred from blatant pride…it demands its own way without regard for anyone or anything….it is slowly destroying us from inside out…and it is blinding so many multitudes with its alluring ugliness…We would rather choose the darkness over the light….

“I’ve been an atheist since I was nine years old.  And my mom is really religious, so we have a strange relationship.  But if my mother was right, what would be the reason that the gods could let anything bad happen in the world?”

–Tarsem Singh

Many unbelievers continue to argue if Jesus is the light of the world, why did He not stop pain and suffering?  But if truth is spoken and we are honest with ourselves and with each other…..most of our own pain and suffering…. this ugly evil which exists in the world… comes from deep within us….buried within the soul of a fallen humanity….it is instinctual….it is innate…a compulsion to continually seek darkness in this current state of fallenness….it lurks and peers out of the evil which exists within the hearts of every man….We intuitively choose the darkness over the light…

 “I am an atheist.  I was born a Catholic, but after I had traveled to Northern Ireland with some Catholic friends, and we had a horrible experience with the English Protestant police, I lost all taste for formal religion.”

–Guy Laliberte

Jesus did not come to Earth the first time to bring justice….but rather to bear it…

Jesus did not come with a sword in Hand…but with nails driven through both Hands…

The Son of God entered into a fallen humanity…to eventually end a fallen humanity

The Son of God entered into human suffering…to eventually end human suffering….

If Christ had come with a sword…He would have destroyed all of us…

But when He returns that second time…there will be left remaining… those who are spared!

His own Suffering…His brutal Death… and His glorious Resurrection created a people in the world who will be spared!

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“Always after a defeat and a respite, the shadow (evil) takes another shape and grows again.”

–J. R. R. Tolkien

…Have you lost hope in the growing darkness of a fallen humanity?