By Aaron Aroriza:
“Please read this…Not joking…
God has seen you struggling with something. God says it's over! A blessing is coming your way. If you believe in God, send/post this message on and please don't ignore it, you are being tested. God is going to fix two big things tonight in your favour. If you believe in God, drop everything and pass this on.”
My friend Damalie, in her good humor, posted this on my face book wall in an attempt to irk me after I had updated my status rebuking such “If this…then that” kind of messages posted in the name of God. She succeeded. Such messages irk me – they remind me of the sad fact that we are slowly but gladly and surely giving Jesus and God some very disconcerting human attributes. We are – in one wise man's words (ok, not quite so sure about his wisdom but at least certain about his wit) – creating God in our own image. And that irks me.
Don't such messages remind you of Luke4:3? “And the devil said unto him, if you are the son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.” I don't know what happened next in your bible, but in mine, Jesus never turned those stones into bread: not that He didn't have the capacity to, but that he didn't want to take orders from the devil. I like following in His footsteps and that's why I wouldn't repost my dear friend Damalie's message. I know God is not on facebook. Those messages could be from Lucifer himself for all I care. And what devilish laugh he must be spewing out every time a timid soul reposts. Man on facebook shall not live or show his commitment to God by liking and reposting messages alone, but by every word of God.
But I've received even more pathetic messages in my e-mail. Those that claim that if you don't forward them to a given number of people, something bad is going to happen to you in six hours and that if you send to that number of people, God is going to do something great for you in six hours. Now, I don't know God that well but would He really approve of such blackmailing tactics? Has he been reduced to making deals now? Have we not brought him down to our own low human level?! And that really irks me.
You see, Obama is using the same tactics to fundraise for his campaign. Don't get me twisted; I like the guy, if for no other sensible reason, at least that I don't know much about his opponent – Romney. But recently I read this on his facebook page: “If you agree that you need a president who stands up for America, pitch $5 now.” Really?! Okay, for starters, I personally only agree that I need a president who stands up for Uganda; so evidently this message wasn't meant for me and perhaps shouldn't even have been on my wall. But supposing I agreed that I needed a president who stands for America but didn't have $5; would that mean my opinion and support don't count?! Supposing I agreed to the message but thought that Romney is the president who would stand for America, should I still pitch in my $5 dollars to the linked account?! Obama wants money and support, and that's alright. But he is begging for it (ouch…like the African presidents beg for it from his country) in very subjective ways: If this…..then give me money. And that irks me.
I can try to understand Obama. He is looking for votes, he wants to fund his campaign, he has African roots and he is only human. I can also try to understand our facebook friends when they request us to like their updates or repost them. But I refuse to understand why God's message should be spread in a blackmailing way! It's really irksome.
But it's facebook that I'm beginning to have the most serious problem with. Gruesome pictures of babies in pain are posted on our walls with messages that claim facebook will contribute a dollar for every like when we all know facebook could use its petty cash to help such one million babies at Zuck's finger click. And that… really, really is irksome.
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