““You must not pass along false rumors.”
(Exodus 23:1 NLT-SE)
““Do not deceive or cheat one another.
“Do not bring shame on the name of your God by using it to swear falsely. I am the LORD.
“Do not defraud or rob your neighbor. “Do not make your hired workers wait until the next day to receive their pay.
“Do not insult the deaf or cause the blind to stumble. You must fear your God; I am the LORD.
“Do not twist justice in legal matters by favoring the poor or being partial to the rich and powerful. Always judge people fairly.
“Do not spread slanderous gossip among your people. “Do not stand idly by when your neighbor’s life is threatened. I am the LORD.
“Do not nurse hatred in your heart for any of your relatives. Confront people directly so you will not be held guilty for their sin.
“Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against a fellow Israelite, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.
“You must obey all my decrees.”
(Leviticus 19:11-19 NLT-SE)
Every morning when i get up, I make my coffee, take my meds, and check my email.
It’s important that I take my meds before checking my email…
Every morning in my email there are dozens of lies.
“Your Mcafee subscription has expired. Your information is in danger!”
” Your iCloud storage is full. Your information is in danger!”
“Beautiful Russian women want to meet you!:”
There are fifty to a hundred of similar messages meant to scare me or seduce me…the real intent is to financially scam me.
I’m used to these, but it’s getting more and more difficult to be sure of what I’m seeing.
The thieves have upped their game…the fake messages from my bank or Apple or PayPal look more and more convincing.
When I’m unsure, I go to the source…I check and make sure all my accounts are secured and that no one has hacked me.
When I watch what passes for “news” online, it looks more and more like my junk mail folder.
Lots of lies meant to either scare or seduce one into giving, if not their money, their trust.
It seems to be working.
Not only do people trust the lies, they spread them and demand that you believe them too.
When one looks at the biblical injunctions against such things, a wise person will ask why these things are so important to God.
It’s because God knew that all the lies and spreading of rumors would eventually destroy the community and the nation.
God, being God, was of course, right.
He still is…and we’re watching in real time the consequences.
Today, you’re fine with all the hate and division because you know you’re right and “they’ are demon filled swine out to get you and your holy allies.
You think civil war might be just the ticket…because you have never understood the real carnage of civil war despite the fact that 700,000 graves give testimony.
When you figure out the junk mail you believed was a lie, it will be too late.
By the time you realize you have been played for a fool, the loss will be irretrievable.
The powers behind all of this laugh out loud at our stupidity and mock the God we claim to know.
My only place of rest is in knowing He’s coming back and their laughter will be turned into crying.
Our shame will be covered, but it cost God His son.
So keep on spreading lies and rumors and rejoicing in your “discernment”.
Soon, there will be nothing to laugh about.