Saturday, December 04, 2010

Is it just me?

I know it can't be just me.  Surely you've had the same thing happen to you time and again.  You know, that forwarded email that finds its way to your inbox?  Most of the time, it's the email that has a story about a God encounter that never really happened.  The story is clearly made up to draw upon the sympathy of the reader. This isn't really the problem I have with these emails.  Who doesn't like a good story, even if it's made up?  

The problem I have with these forwarded emails is that when the story is done, you're required to do something...FORWARD IT YET AGAIN!!!  I cannot put into words how much I dislike these emails.  They're annoying.  And, if you didn't know it, you're loyalty, devotion and love for Jesus is directly related to you forwarding it to at least 10 people within a specified time frame.  So am I to believe that if I DON'T forward the email, I don't love Jesus?  If I don't forward the email ***cough spam*** that I won't receive God's blessing in my life?  If I don't forward the email that I'm not a true follower?  

Since when does my loyalty, devotion and love for Christ depend upon whether or not I forward an email?  

Now, I have to say, I love the friends that forward these to me, but I don't love the emails.  When I get one, I can't hit delete fast enough.  

Here is the ending to an email I received recently: "Send this to 10 people in 2 minutes and you will feel the Holy Spirit brightening your life in just an hour."

What if I sent it to only 8 people?  What if I get side-tracked and it takes me 3 minutes to send it?  Why am I required to send it in 2 minutes, but it takes the Holy Spirit a full hour to brighten my life?  These are serious questions!

I don't wish to offend anyone, but these emails are ridiculous!  Is it just me??