Read This Before Scrolling

Ok, we need to have a talk.

I’m 99% down with whatever you post on Facebook. Yes, even the political posts. Yes, especially during a presidential election cycle.

I’m also fine with those name quizzes. Or those quizzes where you enter┬ásome information and you get a picture of what your kid might look like. Not sure what that company does with your info once they have it, but it’s yours to give away.

I’m even ok with those posts where the last character you saw on TV is the one coming to save you from the zombie apocalypse. The answer for me is always the last Dallas Star interviewed…which is pretty frightening now that hockey season is over (I wonder if I should watch more TV; any good shows on?).

But there is one category of posts I absolutely hate. You may have seen them; the ones with a disturbing picture, asking you to type “Amen” without scrolling.

At first, they were a minor nuisance. I mean I believe in a lot of crazy things, but I’ve never believed that Jesus is waiting on X number of Facebook likes before acting, a number that’s usually divisible by 5 or 10, but again, it’s your feed, you do what you want.

Then those posts got even more annoying when the poster decided that if I ignored the obvious attempt to play on my sympathy to garner a bogus like or share, I was heartless or cruel. I’m actually a pretty good guy, great some would say, but I paid it no mind and kept on scrolling.

Today, though, it went to a whole new level, a level that concerns me. One of these jokers decided to put alongside their grisly picture of a mutilated child the following words:

YOU WILL DIE IF YOU DO NOT TYPE AMEN.

This is dangerous, very dangerous. The way I see it, someone just tried to place a curse on me, a curse that I had to rebuke.

Actually no, I had to rebuke it twice because it popped up twice today.

I truly believe that my Facebook friends, as a whole, have big hearts and seek to do good whenever they can. I need to make it clear though: through a simple comment, I was attacked with a curse.

Those of us who walk with God must remember Jesus’ words in Matthew 10:16 when He told His disciples:

Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves

Innocent as doves? No problem there.

Wise as serpents? Let me see what I can do to help with that.

I can’t see any way for the original posters to gain financially from those posts, so I believe they’re solely for shock value. Nothing more. I have serious doubts that these posters even know who’s in the picture because they may have gotten the picture through a Google Image Search. Essentially, they’re capitalizing on someone else’s misfortune.

They’re also manipulating people. They play on sympathy and blackmail folks emotionally for some cheap gain. I guess they feel Christians are easy marks for this, especially when the comment suggests “Amen” as the word to type.

And they’re also doing the Enemy’s work, though they have no idea. After all, they likely think telling people they will die without sharing the post is harmless. Only problem is that words have real power and they’re playing with fire. Proverbs 18:21 says

Death and life are in the power of the tongue

Because they’re now resorting to curses, I must speak up. I must implore you to resist the temptation to comment on or share one of these posts. Instead pray. Pray for the original poster of the photo and pray for whoever it is you see in the picture; an Amen in a comment box is not going to get the job done. If you should see one of these posts, rebuke the curse immediately.

And if you’re not Christian and you read down this far, don’t share these posts if you see them. They’re pretty tacky.

Thanks, y’all. See you on Facebook.