You’ve probably received one of those chain emails/texts. It sounds something like this:
A blessing is coming your way. If you believe in God, send this to 14 friends, including me. If I don’t get it back, I guess I’m not one of them. As soon as you get 5 replies, someone you love will quietly surprise you…Not joking. Pass this message on. Please don’t ignore it. You are being tested and God is going to fix two big things tonight in your favor. If you believe in God drop everything and pass it on. TOMORROW WILL BE THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. DON’T BREAK THIS. SEND THIS TO 14 FRIENDS IN 10 MINUTES.
The Five Points To Counter Chain Email/Text Lies
- God is not predictable.
- You can’t believe everything you hear.
- No one can guarantee anything.
- Your feelings can’t be trusted.
- Peer pressure is strong.
Let’s start with the first point. God is not predictable. These kinds of emails and texts often carry some sort of promise. In the one above, they guarantee that God will bless you and fix two major problems in your life. Now, don’t get me wrong, these are awesome things to desire and pray for, but we shouldn’t think performing can earn us them. God doesn’t work like that. We don’t earn salvation, we receive it. There is a major difference. Don’t cave to the idea that if you complete certain tasks then God will bless you.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.” Isaiah 55:8
You can’t believe everything you hear. You’ve probably heard this before, but it’s a great reminder. Just because your great aunt’s neighbor’s sister said that every time it rains you will grow a sunflower on your head does not mean it is true. Be careful what you choose to believe.
No one can guarantee anything. Hopefully I don’t have to persuade you to believe this one…This email says tomorrow will be the ‘best day of your life’ as long as you keep the chain going. How is that going to happen? I’m not sure about you but I don’t believe in the Chain Email Fairy. We cannot even guarantee that we will still be alive tomorrow, so why should we try and persuade others that we are in control of the ‘best day of their lives’?
Your feelings can’t be trusted. (Warning: I might be the only one who does this and it might be totally weird to you, but stay with me) I have gone through my closet multiple times and found a shirt that I bought last week and said to myself: “Why did I spend money on this? I don’t even like it anymore!” Feelings cannot be trusted. These kinds of emails and texts can play on your heart strings. If you believe in God… If I don’t get this email back I guess I‘m not your friend… You are being tested. Take a breather. You are a child of God. You don’t need to make decisions based on feelings when you have discernment from the Lord.
Peer pressure is strong. You better believe it. If it’s positive peer pressure it can move mountains; if it’s negative it can be disastrous. The biggest seller for the email above is found in these four words. DON’T. BREAK. THIS. CHAIN. But it isn’t just those four words, its the peers standing behind them in cyber space that give them power. If you don’t keep the chain going no one will think you are their friend…we’re counting on you…just do it…don’t break this…don’t break this…don’t break the chain… If that doesn’t make you want to press “forward” I don’t know what will. Don’t underestimate negative peer pressure. Arm yourself with the armor of God in order to defeat it.
Why Does It Matter If I Forward A Chain Email/Text?
Chain email/texts are not evil. They can be, but most of them have good intentions. However, this does not mean they don’t contain lies. The five points we discussed above counter the lies, and hopefully help you see through the intimidating surface of these things.
Should I Break The Chain?
My opinion on these subjects is to let you decide. I’ve given you the information, but you ultimately have to decide what course of action you will take. You may believe chain emails/texts to be harmless fun, a way to connect with your friends and let them know how much you care. When you are faced with a uncomfortable situation, consider these questions:
- Does this chain honor God?
- Am I caving to peer pressure?
- Am I believing the lies this chain is telling me?
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8
How Should I Go About Breaking The Chain?
Next time, I will post on how you can deal with situations such as these without hurting feelings but still sharing truth. Stay tuned! 😉