I was a Facebook resistor for a long time. Even after I noticed we weren’t getting e-mail communication any longer from our friends and family because they had all gone over to Facebook, I remained the curmudgeon that I am and refused Facebook. Finally I caved and joined.
After nearly a year on Facebook, I deleted my account. For reasons reserved for another post in the future, it was exactly what I had feared it would be. I began to lose respect for people I had loved and respected for a long time. I’m basically a “glass-half-empty” sort of guy anyway and the last thing I needed was fuel to a fire I have to battle daily.
Well, as I’ve stated before, my wife and I left our church about a year ago. The reasons are numerous and complicated. I hope to someday chronicle our journey through the church, but that’s for a later date. The Lord has led us out of some of the charismatic beliefs we embraced to more of a trust in His sovereign grace. A life of true faith in Him and less of a “faith” in ourselves.
Nevertheless, some of the people we attended our former church with are still a part of my wife’s Facebook community, and as people tend to do at the start of a new year, many people were posting words of encouragement and blessing for the new year.
The following Facebook post was one posted by the regional leader of a nationally known deliverance ministry who also happens to attend our former church. She was a very influential leader in the church and MANY hung on her words, especially the women. This post was a typical example of what was taught and believed by so many in our former church. That our words have an actual force behind them and that when we speak that a kind of “force” is enacted.
Negative words = negative force, consequences, sickness, even death. But positive words = blessings, goodness, faith, power.
Here is the post:
My Blessing for You in 2011:
May peace break into your home and may thieves come to steal your debts.
May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet for $100 bills.
May love stick to your face like Vaseline and may laughter assault your lips.
May happiness slap you across the face and may your tears be that of joy…..May the problems you had forget your home address.
May 2011 be the best year of your life (so far)!