The Sheer madness of chain messages ...
This morning, I got a text message from my 17 year old niece telling me a wonderful blessing awaits me if I forward the message to five friends. Well unless Safaricom now allows you to redeem Bonga Points for blessings, am afraid the only thing I will earn from sending five text messages is a few Bonga Points. And the last time I checked, God's methods of awarding blessings are his secret and it is not something you can google or ask the so called Actual Experts on your favourite radio or TV station.
Chain letters and text messages have been around for a while. They threaten people with all manner of ills (including blue balls) if you dont forward them to at five or ten people; or entice you with bliss and blessings for carrying out the action. They actually just fall short of saying the blessing is attached to the email but will be activated when you comply. The editors of these chain letters and text messages are just morons with a technological edge. High tech
This is very wrong. I find the habit insulting to say the least. God is NOT petty. And I hate these chain letters because that is how they try to potray him. He will not refuse to bless you because you did not forward a random email. He will not send a string of curses into your job or business for ignoring a text message. You will never find his post on you wall asking why you are ignoring his email. Thats just some hell-bound idiot with a computer and an internet connection who sent the mail.
And if you are among the people who start such chain messages, I would want to be present when you attempt to explain to God why you were dishing out fake promises like a politician during campaigns using his name. At this rate, we will soon see terrorists sending such mails through your post office (as seen in the picture on this post) written, "Smear Anthrax on this letter and send it to ten people and you will go to heaven!"
Call me arrogant or what you want but I will not, for the life of me, forward those messages.
God does not have an email address. God has no cell phone. He does not write emails that threaten people with all manner of ills if you dont forward them to 10 friends. He is not a psychological bully that takes advantage of naive minds with threats of doom or promises of a blessings-shower. He will not stop you at the gate of heaven and tell you, "My son, you lived a good life. But how dare you ignore that email/sms I sent you. Am sorry but, for not forwarding that text message, go thee and burn for all eternity."
So, when I got that text message, I simply replied, "Why dont you forward it to ten of your friends and you can keep my blessings?" Because if those chain letters were true, that should work too!