Only Joking!?


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Like a madman shooting firebrands

or deadly arrows

is a man who deceives his neighbor and says

“I was only joking!”

Proverbs 26:19


I got into a conversation with someone about online predators.  Girls are being preyed upon by men who tell them “I love you.  And if you love me, you’ll take a topless picture of yourself and send it to me online.  If you’re not willing to do this for me, it means you don’t love me”.  Once he has the initial photo, he can blackmail her into sending more & more explicit photos, and even into meeting him so that he can take further advantage of her.


Did anyone ever sit down and teach you what real love was, or did you figure it out on your own through trial and error?  People have told me that they love me; but I don’t have any childhood memories of an adult sitting me down and giving me the definition of love.  Just in case you don’t know, I Corinthians 13:4-6 defines love as follows:


Love is patient, love is kind.

It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking,

it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.


People, especially children, must be told explicitly to stay away from anyone coercing them into acts that consequently make them feel dirty, ashamed, fearful, worthless, depressed, and hopeless.  When people ask us to commit sin, we know that their hearts aren’t pure and that we should stay away, because Christ teaches us that words come from the heart (Matthew 15:18-19).


Christ requires our obedience (II John 1:6) as a sign of love for Him.  Fortunately, Christ does not going to ask us to do anything evil.  In fact, we find our purpose and self-esteem in Christ.




“Do not drag me away with the wicked,

with those who do evil,

Who speak cordially with their neighbors,

but harbor malice in their hearts.”

Psalm 28:3



BOW is my first experience in blogging, and my writing has undergone an evolution since I started. I use If I Knew Then What I Know Now to think aloud about my Christian walk. When you read it, my hope is that WE (the BOW community & friends) then discuss how to apply God's word into our everyday lives in a practical manner. As Christian lay-theologians, we'll talk about our world, and how we can be in it but not of it. So whatever your thoughts are about what you read, PLEASE share.
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