Friday, January 25th, 2008 | Author:

I’m about to lose all my friends. This posting is going out as an email to just about everybody I know, and I’m asking them to refrain from sending me any email, unless a) they write it themselves or, b) they personally know the writer. If someone wants to comment on something and send me a link, great. But no more “forwards.” That’s it. I’m going cold turkey.

“Heresy!” they say. “Off with her head! Delete that email address! Don’t speak to her Sunday at church!” So why am I running this gauntlet? Three reasons.

  1. I’m wasting my time. The inbox is clogged and takes forever to sort through. I get multiple copies of the same thing, but sometimes have to open half a dozen attachments to figure that out. Then I have to decide who to forward the forwards to, trying hard not to send it to people who have already gotten it, or people who probably wouldn’t appreciate it. The Holy Spirit has convicted me that there are better ways to spend my time. And given my “fibrofog”, I’ve been using my limited brain power on things that simply don’t matter. Enough. I need to conserve my resources.
  2. Emails don’t bring good luck. As a Christian, my faith is in the Lord Jesus. If I forward an email that promises good luck if you forward it to seven other people in the next 7 minutes, am I not encouraging people to put their faith in … email? or worse, witchcraft? Conversely, a “Christian” email that says I’m denying Jesus if I don’t forward it is a lot like … blackmail. God doesn’t blackmail people, and I can’t, either.
  3. What am I promoting? A good share of emails promote concepts that are not Christian. Slams against men, women, blondes, Muslims, or even Hillary, do not demonstrate God’s love. Yeah, I confess, some of them make me laugh. But they shouldn’t. They should prompt me to confess and repent. So that’s what I’m doing.

Now, I admit that I’m going to miss some of these emails. I’m a sucker for pictures of dogs and cats. I’m going to miss knowing that my friends were trying to brighten my day, because many won’t take the time to actually write something. But when I see that 4,238 coalition forces and over 80,000 civilians have died violent deaths in Iraq since 2003, giving up some momentary amusement doesn’t seem a very high price to pay for following the Lord.

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life. Galatians 6:7-8

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