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Is the “Dislike” Button The End of Your Friend List?

It’s a game-changer. It’s the #1 feature missing from Facebook, and it has been requested for years. Finally, the “dislike” button may soon be here!

Ok. Maybe it isn’t life altering. But Mark Zuckerberg’s recent announcement that Facebook is working on a “dislike” button has piqued a lot of interest. Why is it such a big deal? Currently, Facebookers can only “like” posts!

Facebook claims that the “dislike” button will be a way of showing empathy. But, one could always take time to comment, “I’m sorry you are______and let me know if I can help.” If that really is the only reason for the dislike button, then shame on lazy empathizers.

Personally, I think people just want to disagree with a simple click. And the “dislike” button spells disaster for many so-called “friendships.”

People are so used to the “like” only system, that “dislikes” will be a huge culture shock. And pseudo “friendships” probably won’t stand for “dislikes.” Few people want their posts “frowny-faced!”

Political statement? DISLIKE! Religious statement? DISLIKE! Cultural opinions? DISLIKE! You get the idea. Watch your “friend” counts disappear if you start disliking comments!

But that would be a mistake!

As the Bible points out, we all need a good “dislike” from a true friend. There is a huge difference between a pseudo-friend who stays only as long as you “like” everything they say, and a true friend who will “dislike” when needed. Consider the following examples:

  1. Proverbs 27:5-6 tells us, “Better is open rebuke than love that is concealed. Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.”
  2. Proverbs 27:17, “Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”
  3. Proverbs 28:23, “He who rebukes a man will afterward find more favor than he who flatters with the tongue.”

What about you, friend? Do you listen only to those who “like” your comments? Are you willing to consider “dislikes?” Or would you drop a friend, leave the Church, or even dismiss God just because of a “dislike?” Give it some thought… and if you dislike, we’ll still be friends!

Feeding the Enemy

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“If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink” (Proverbs 25:21, NASB).

It seems the Iraqi army took Proverbs 25:21 literally a couple of weeks ago…accidently that is!

According to recent reports, “Iraqi military pilots mistakenly gave food, water and ammunition to enemy ISIS militants instead of their own soldiers.” Apparently, Iraqi pilots mistakenly dropped supplies over an area controlled by ISIS and not to their soldiers who are currently fighting ISIS.

When asked about this mistake, a member of the Iraqi parliament said:

“Those soldiers were in deadly need of these supplies, but because of the wrong plans of the commanders in the Iraqi army and lack of experience of the pilots, we in a [sic] way or another helped ISIS fighters to kill our soldiers.”

In explaining the event, a brigadier-general in Iraq’s Defense Ministry said, “Yes, that’s what had [sic] happened,” some air force pilots “do not have enough experience… they are all young and new.”

When the Apostle Paul quoted Proverbs 25:21 in Romans 12:20, this isn’t exactly what he had in mind. Feeding one’s “enemy” is a noble idea, when done on purpose. It is a sign that you are not going to take vengeance. Rather, you trust that the Lord will work out everything properly in His time. It is an act of grace and mercy.

But accidentally feeding your enemy, because of carelessness and a lack of planning, is a serious danger. Children of God must take great care to ensure that they are dropping resources in the right places. This is especially true in training the “young and new.”

Satan is prowling about, like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). Give it some thought…where have you been dropping resources? Have you been feeding the Lord’s army or sending supplies across enemy lines?

Every time you feed Satan, he grows stronger and is able to devour more souls of soldiers in the faith. Beware; his next meal might be one you dropped his way!

Crawling Down the Highway of Life

Man Finds Baby Along Highway

In an alarming story this week, a 1-year-old girl was found crawling along a Georgia highway. Apparently, her parents left the house for a while and had put the other children (13, 9, & 5) in charge of the infant. The baby got away and crawled 300 yards through woods, receiving mosquito bites, briar scratches, and bruises from falling into an embankment along the highway. A man driving by happened to notice the infant, stopped, and saved the day by calling 911.

Now, before you read any further, remember your anger; hang on to that righteous indignation. It will be important later. Ok, back to the article…

As a parent, I admit that we don’t monitor every second of our kids’ lives. And, I imagine that every parent has experienced a “glance away” that allowed a child to get into a potentially dangerous situation. But I am quite certain that no parent would ever knowingly allow his or her infant to crawl along the highway!

Most of us have safety precautions set up to ensure our little ones never get near a highway. But it seems that many parents today have simply thrown up their hands when it comes to their pre-teens and teens regarding sin. I often hear, “There’s nothing you can do…kids are going to sin!” I also hear, “You have to let them experience these things.”

Really? I have to let my kids experience the spiritual equivalent of crawling along the highway? Why? Who says? Now, do I mean that kids need to live in a bubble? Certainly not. Bumps, scrapes, and bruises are going to happen in life. But when kids are unattended and unsupervised, where will they tend to go? Straight toward the highway…almost every time.

You have probably heard Proverbs 22:6 at some time: “Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.” But consider the verses before as well: verse 3: “The prudent sees the evil and hides himself, But the naive go on, and are punished for it.” Or verse 5, “Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse, He who guards himself will be far from them.”

‘Training up a child’ includes keeping kids from crawling near highways! What is the best way to avoid immodest behavior? Dress and act modestly. What is the best way to avoid the dangers of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases? Avoid fornication. What is the best way to avoid violent and lustful thinking? Quit messing around with pornography and foul movies, music, and video games.

Why is the answer so clear for toddlers and highways, but seems so unavoidable for older kids and sinful lifestyles? I am sure some will call me naïve. “You just don’t understand.” Or, “Wait until your kids are older,” they will say.

I get that. I understand the difficulties. But let me ask you this, “Were you horrified and self righteous and indignant when you first started this story, thinking about parents who left a child unattended who crawled up to the highway?” If so, what changed, and when did it become ok for your kids to play near the dangers of sin?