It happens occasionally on Facebook. I call it the “I’ve Got a Christian Cause So the Ends Justifies the Means Disease.” This is where people send you a friend request and then never interact with you. They never reply to or “like” any of your posts, never answer when you post on theirs, never post on your wall UNTIL…they begin asking for help with their ministry/business.
I don’t mind if one of my Facebook friends lets me know they are involved with a charity and asks for my help. However, when someone ONLY posts on my wall for the express purpose of advertising their wares or plugging a charity, it smacks of spam.
This particular person posted a very long comment about his charity on one of my most popular posts of the day complete with link, hype, tear jerking story and desperate plea. The only thing that didn’t come standard was a tissue. Notice how, as a comment on a post that had MANY replies, his request for money was automatically sent as an email to each one of the people who had replied to my completely unrelated post. How convenient for him.
I was willing to extend grace thinking he might just be an over zealous, kind soul who didn’t understand proper Facebook social networking etiquette so I left his comment there. However, the very next day I found the exact worded, lengthy comment to my most popular post of THAT day. I got curious to see if this was his Modus Operandi. Sure enough, his entire Facebook wall was replete with time stamped indexes of HUNDREDs of duplicate copies of this exact comment he had left on other’s posts…all of which were their most popular posts of the day! There wasn’t one post on any other topic or any evidence that he ever left a different comment when replying to anyone else.
I’ve met Mr. Christian Cause before. They don’t have time to be nice; they are too busy doing good things. They don’t have time to communicate with each individual; they are doing the Lord’s work. It doesn’t matter how they communicate; God demands boldness. If others take offense, so be it; I’m blessed to be a martyr for Christ.
God’s Word is filled with scripture that tells us to speak in grace. Over 4500 scriptures deal with our mouths, tongues, lips and words alone! The ends don’t justify the means in sharing your God-given mission or your faith any more than it does when you are trying to gain success or money.
The next time you are tempted to post something bold knowing that some might take offense, think about two things: 1) Does God really want you to say THIS? and 2) HOW would God want you to say this? Reflect on a few of those 4500 scriptures.
“Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”Colossians 4:6
“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”Ephesians 4:29
“-So is my word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”Issaiah 55:11
“An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city, and disputes are like the barred gates of the citadel.”Proverbs 18:19
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