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Every Email: An Opportunity

By: Dr. Skip Myers
EdgefieldDaily.com Columnist

web posted March 26, 2008
COLUMNIST – When I was a kid Spam came in a can and everyone laughed at you if you ate it. I used to like Spam until someone attached its name to those annoying emails we all get by the dozens. I never thought for one minute as I chewed on a delicious Spam sandwich that one day I would have to take measures to insure that Spam was blocked on my computer. It just goes to show you how times have changed and technology has invaded every area of our lives. 

I try to stay no more than a decade behind in the latest technology. I still have a tough time seeing the advantages of texting over simply calling someone. I am amazed at the speed some people can generate when typing a text message on the phone keyboard. I still have to think about just how many times I have to push the “7” key to get an “S” to appear in the message. My children still laugh at me with my tongue stuck out like Michael Jordan going in for a slam dunk as I try and compose a one-line text message. Give me time—I’ll get there just in time for text messaging to be replaced with the “Star Trek” communicators pinned to our shirts.

Everyday I receive a number of messages via of email. For some reason I really like email. Its fast, it’s clear, and you have an entire keyboard with which to compose your message. You can even attach all sorts of pictures and neat stuff that brighten people’s day. From time to time I will receive a number of panic emails. These are the ones people send to alert you to some type of threat. And since I am a minister most of these panic emails have to do with some type of spiritual threat that just might sink the very foundation of Christian belief.

The most recent of these have to do with the New Age course being offered and is somehow tied to Oprah. I really appreciate those who stand watch and alert us to what could possibly be an intrusion upon the truth but let me assure you that whether it is a Hollywood movie star’s belief or a talk show host’s campaign, the truth will always be the truth. Know the threats and know how to give a responsible answer to them but don’t panic. The world has always and will always present competing views of spirituality. After all, that’s what the world is supposed to do.

See these as opportunities to share the truth and enter into discussion (not debate or argument) with others. Take every advantage to point discussions to the spiritual and let others know that you have found the answer to life and faith in Jesus Christ.  There is a passage in 2Timothy 4:1-5 that really calms the heart and reminds us of our responsibility when faith is challenged:

I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus who is the judge of the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. 

Hey, the world is going to be the world. People will always want to find a new way to be their own gods. After all, that was the original temptation that caused us to turn from God in the first place. Be prepared to give an intelligent and responsible reason why you believe. There is no substitute for living the faith we claim to hold in front of others. The true power in believing is letting the belief affect the way you live. Stop fretting over the challengers—they will never defeat the true Champion.  Use the challenges to demonstrate the power behind your belief.

Keep sending the emails and the texts. Know what’s out there and what is challenging the truth.  But remember to focus on the truth and let is grow in your life. The world cannot argue with the power of a changing life that believes in Jesus. One of the simplest ways to demonstrate belief is for your neighbors to see you getting in the car to go to church on Sunday mornings. It’s a loud statement without ever saying a word—I’ll see you Sunday.


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