I love Facebook. It gives me a chance to see what friends are up to from all over the planet. I really like hearing about their work, family, social life, and some of their jokes. However, Facebook has an annoying meme that people do not stop, that is re-posting “motivational sayings” for the world to see. It is the new version of the chain letter. Interestingly, most of the re-posting of chain letters comes from my Christian friends.
Now the point of this blog, a friend posted an appeal to the world that Jesus is everywhere, here is a copy of the posting.
ONE DAY A DAD COMES HOME DRUNK AND MAD HE PULLS OUT A GUN AND SHOOTS HIS WIFE AND TURNS THE GUN TO HIMSELF. HIS LITTLE GIRL SITS BEHIND A COUCH CRYING. THE POLICE CAME AND TOOK THE LITTLE GIRL TO A NEW FAMILY. HER FIRST SUNDAY SCHOOL, SHE WALKS PAST THE BUILDING AN SEES A PICTURE OF JESUS ON THE CROSS. .. THE LITTLE GIRL ASKS THE TEACHER' HOW DID THAT MAN GET OFF THE CROSS'? THE TEACHER REPLIED: 'HE NEVER DID'. THE LITTLE GIRL ARGUED: 'YES HE DID. THE NIGHT MOMMY AND DADDY DIED, HE SAT NEXT TO ME BEHIND THE COUCH, TELLING ME EVERYTHING WAS GONNA BE ALRIGHT. 66% OF YOU WON'T POST THIS. BUT REMEMBER WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: 'DENY ME IN FRONT OF YOUR FRIENDS AND I'LL DENY YOU IN FRONT OF MY FATHER
Where to start? Most of these types of messages always come from Christians, they have an obvious obsession with caps. Maybe they have forgotten where the caps lock key is and couldn’t turn it off. As annoying as this is, it is truly a sick story. Who comes up with this stuff? If this story is real, if it is accurate, how about some citations to make it more legitimate? The part that is really most disturbing is the part that “HE SAT NEXT TO ME BEHIND THE COUCH”. This is supposed to be god, the most freaking awesome, most loving, caring, powerful thing in the universe? What a bastard!? Instead of preventing the murder suicide which any truly loving, caring compassionate person would do, he allows it to happen. Also, assuming this is real, there is some little girl out there scarred for life, schizophrenic, and having an imaginary friend. What is inspirational about this message?
At the end, there is a bible quote that is a non-sequitur. Who is denying him? (except for me and most rational people who can make critical thinking decisions). If you want to quote the bible, I could throw hundreds of quotes at you that are equally not meaningful. Mark Twain said it best,
“t ain't those parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.”
Do you know what these re-postings do? They get me more fired up and I will fight for people more rational and to think critically even harder. I do not want to alienate my friends, but I will not put up with bullshit. If you are going to say something, back it up with facts.