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The BIG DEAL About Voting: Blessed is the Poor

In recent times it seems that the act of voting has risen to a high level of importance for so many. People have become very passionate about it; even to the point of blame-shaming on social media.

The question I would propose: Is the act of voting a moral issue or just another social construct for assimilation?

Patriotic vs Obligation

Over the years, I’ve participated in the so-called American Democratic process. Respective to its history in terms of the Black American experience, I still find myself disconnected from its purpose. Factors such as corruption, partiality, elitism are evident because of the intended outcome. The “will of the people” is still limited to a select few…even on local levels. With that said, I can definitively rule out the moral issue.

With respect to establishing a social construct, most American citizens are taught early on that voting is a right, privilege, and a means to “be heard”. What we don’t learn is the whole history and how individual life experiences can have a profound effect on what we value with respect to these ideas. Just ask a Vietnam Veteran.

If one actively researches, most will find that the origins and purpose of the American voting system were used to create a social construct. Today, the spectacle of elections are more useful to distract the masses.

The only thing that is constant is change….selah

Lulling of Ignorance

As  famed fiction writer Vera Nazarian notes:

“It’s a fact—everyone is ignorant in some way or another.
Ignorance is our deepest secret. And it is one of the scariest things out there because those of us who are most ignorant are also the ones who often don’t know it or don’t want to admit it”.

Ignorance; a by-product of pride, continues to blind-side the Believer.

When one resolves to walk in God’s Truth one must submit this simple but profound truth: There is more to the story and we don’t have all the facts. If it doesn’t make sense, it’s not sensible.

God’s truth fosters the realization that says: Are you willing to renounce human tradition? This renunciation requires a steadfast faith in the Father through Christ!

Without Christ people don’t have the ability to see Truth, and Believers of Christ should walk in compassion toward them; but for those of us that are in the light and love of God’s truth, we have the benefit of His wisdom that is found for those that fear and obey Him (Psalm 86:11 Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name).

A robust study of the voting system in its totality provides a full viable argument of why voting it is futile, particularly for the poor.  Though the origins of the Voting Right’s Act appeared to have retributive effects, it was never intended to act as a fair and just system for the American election process.  Further study shows that Federal “Executive Orders” and “Acts” are not enforced locally. If there’s no enforcement how can we conclude that the wishes of the EO or Act have been carried out? By local police? …PLEASE!!! If you dedicate the time and research, you quickly conclude that voices or votes of the poor people never really mattered, and most likely, never will. Generally speaking, poor people are invisible and expendable. Conservatives think all poor people are lazy and Democrats think all poor people are helpless. Both sides have an agenda and that agenda is under the grand agenda of the NWO. Bush #2 announced its induction on Sept 11, 1991.

Moreover; based on the purpose and origin of why voting exists, I have a personal conflict knowing that my “vote” is an act of allegiance to an individual that I don’t know. I don’t know how he treats his wife, children, or if he lives life Biblically. With respect to these standards, the vote or voice of the vote is an outward declaration and allegiance to an idea or an individual.

Let’s look at voting in the simplistic terms:

The following source is from the website Online Etymology

vote (n.)

vote (v.): mid-15c., “formal expression of one’s wish or choice with regard to a proposal, candidate, etc.,” from Latin votum “a vow, wish, promise to a god, solemn pledge, dedication,” noun use of neuter of votus, past participle of vovere “to promise, dedicate” (see vow (n.)). Meaning “totality of voters of a certain class or type” is from 1888.vote (v.)

vote (v.)

1550s, “give a vote to;” 1560s, “enact or establish by vote,”; see vote (n.). Earlier it meant “to vow” to do something (mid-15c.). Related: Votedvoting

Biblical Application

My family on the Caucasian side says “consideration should be made with respect to God’s sovereign grace. Therefore, gratitude should be the motive”.  On the other side, I hear:  “Black people died for the right to vote!”, so the conclusion is….. I’m obligated to vote. (as If my vote should be some sort of homage to another human!?) That argument conflicts with my resolve to live in the identity that is in Christ Jesus.

Again…I’m struggling to connect.  So now, voting has become an object of focus and a choice between patriotism or obligation..identifying as an Evangelical or a Negro!?…..why!?

“If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations— “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings? These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh. If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your1 life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory”.

Though Paul is referring to deceptive teaching to the Colossae church, this exhortation is applicable in terms of culture; particularly in these last days and I am comforted and confronted by it. 

So……the Narrow way continues

Once again, I am faced with that reality of Christ’s clarion call to enter the narrow way. This time: recognizing that human traditions can conflict with the worship of the One True God; always looking at Christ as the example.

Sufficient is the Holy Spirit’s wisdom, teaching, and guidance in the Word of God! When we view the world’s system through the eyes of God’s love and wisdom, your eyes will conform to that which it watches…and in that view, there is great Freedom!

With careful research, study, and a resolve to walk in love, I was granted the privilege to understand the Amercian voting system in its totality; not for the purpose of throwing stones, but because it provides an evidentiary example of human depravity and the argument that people do not “grow in goodness” with time. Over time society will not move toward a positive change, it will become worse..this includes the elites of the world.  The doctrine of Human Depravity teaches this. Human depravity is real and it pervades every area of human society; domestic and abroad. Having a grasp of solid doctrine is useless if Biblical love is not preeminent. If we love people we must share the truth of God’s word and all its ugliness. Biblical love is compassion and its Truth. Even at the risk of losing everything.

Finally, the question becomes: How can you be so sure that Christ did not participate in the election process?

The scriptures do not say, but we are certain that this type of activity was not chief among priorities, nor was it a priority for the early church. Therefore, I choose to enter the narrow way, no matter the backlash.

 

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WANTED: Manly Males to Rebuild the Walls

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If you haven’t noticed, the marketing and advertising industry is increasingly intentional about their MESSages in their campaigns. Below are just a few: 

That women are the better sex and should be the leaders of everything, should always be looked at as the victim, or the opposite…foolishness. 

That manhood exemplifies one or more of the following attributes: violent, superficial, uncaring, effeminate and/or homosexual, buffoons, weak, or incapable of doing anything without a women “stepping in” and handling it. Moreover when men are the target audience, it’s almost always packaged seductively or in a way that fosters performance driven motives, which causes debt.

That children and adolescents can operate as adults. This MESSage has created a generation of kids and teens that believe they can make MAJOR decisions without the wisdom of their parents (such as dating, money, sex). The MESSage is that “friends”, peers, or some other adult are the best people to go to when they are in trouble. In a word…..kids don’t need parents….get them out of the picture.  

I’m simply stating the obvious. It is a fact that there is definitely a diabolical plan to change our perception in respect to human creation roles and how we view the importance of family and community. The Advertising industry’s goals are generally geared to shape and direct our thinking and what will be perceived in the future. It’s always about the “future of” something…but I digress. 

So is it me or is there a growing message that is focused on degrading the manly man’s role in our society. Jokes, satire, movies, and commercials that are filled with messages of weak men are commonplace. Even on the street one can see a man in a “domestic” setting (always with a baby on his hip or in a stroller). He needs to be at work!  There is a laying of groundwork being done to “ease” men out of major positions of leadership in our society. Headship of the family is a very integral part of this plan. Friends, we are well on our way to a major collapse in civilization.

This is a clarion call to the Manly men… is time mount up get on the wall and repair it! 

In Nehemiah it reads: 

And I said, “O LORD God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open, to hear the prayer of your servant that I now pray before you day and night for the people of Israel your servants, confessing the sins of the people of Israel, which we have sinned against you. Even I and my father’s house have sinned. We have acted very corruptly against you and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, and the rules that you commanded your servant Moses. Remember the word that you commanded your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the peoples, but if you return to me and keep my commandments and do them, though your outcasts are in the uttermost parts of heaven, from there I will gather them and bring them to the place that I have chosen, to make my name dwell there.’ (Nehemiah 1:5-9 ESV)

 

Not only is husbands and fathers important in understanding what he has been created to do, sons, brothers, and unmarried uncles, play a major part in this puzzle as well; for a three chord strand is not easily broken. Men are born to lead. They were created to make the tough decisions, take the hits for the familySince the fall of Adam do we know the consequences and importance of order. A wise friend said to me “Because of Eve, we have suffered eternal consequences of evil, through Sara nations are divided”. Both examples give a clear picture of what happens when the authority is shifted from manly men to women. 

The foolishness of sitcoms, movies, and other forms entertainment is intent on the reverberation of damaging messages about the creation roles of men. Men, Be strong and courageous! Clean up your homes. Remove the spirit of “Jezzi” from your homes. Repent and turn away from selfishness, greed, and the need to be “better than the next man”..forgive..stay resilient,  be reliable, and extend respect. Don’t let the foolishness of this world define what your true attributes are in the sight of God. You are NOT a buffoon, or a gigolo/playa (in a word…a male whore). You are not shallow, violent, homosexual, or effeminate. You can be a great father, husband, brother, uncle, and friend. It is okay not to wear pink or pierce your ear(s), or hold the door open. It’s okay to tell your daughter that she cannot dress like a prostitute. It’s okay to love your wife tenderly and strong. It’s good train up your boys to protect women.  It is not weak to say “my mistake”, “Please forgive me”, “I repent” or “let’s pray”. You were made in the image of the Almighty Elohim with attributes like: Protector, Faithful and True, Provider, …I can go on! Society would have you think that you are a punk if you resist the urge to “Do what thy wilt”. This lie is the reason why fatherlessness AND faithlessness is prevalent in OUR culture. That is the same lie that has convinced two generations women that they don’t need a man….Selah. For it is written “What has been is what will be, and what been done is what will be dome, for there is nothing new under the sun”

Recently I exhorted a brother to understand that there is a divine and intentional assignment for all men. Godly Male headship is crucial to a thriving civilization. I continued to explain that not only is this power of God’s sovereignty evident in a thriving society, it extends to our current perverse generation. Men..you have the power to repair the walls! Repent and start praying. You will be amazed and blessed at the results. 

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The Foolishness of Christian Dating Sites…or any dating sites for that matter

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Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

…and it it also reads:

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.  And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

The words “Christian” and “Dating” should never dwell in the same sentence…ever! It is a total affront to the God of the Bible.   Moreover, it is absolutely ludicrous to think that you can find “God’s match for you” through a dating website; Christian or not. It is even more foolish to think one can find a mate with this  pattern; which is the world’s pattern…and, that it may bring you success. I implore you to stop and think about the risks that are involved: Your safety, finances, and for some of you…your children. All for the sake of having someone in your bed every night. The Bible teaches us that we are sojourners on this planet…. so why do many Christians live as though this planet is our home? 

Yeah, I know the so-called TeLIEvangilists scratch your ears with promises that your best life is now and God wants you to have all of the “abundance” that it offers, but unfortunately….it’s not true. Secular humanism and new age theology teaches this belief…not Christianity. Here are a few other points to consider:

1. If there is money to be “had”, you betta believe that the adversary is gonna make it happen. In other words, these websites and services are not owned by Christians. True followers of Christ would find these sites foolish. 

2. Multiple marriages?..Just Stop It…there is something terribly wrong…possibly you. Let the Lord tell you what it is.

Note to the ladies…Proverbs 18:22 has the prescription: HE who finds a wife, finds a good thing. Not the other way around. Stop chasing these men! Real men like to hunt. This includes any manipulation on your part. You know what I’m talkin’ bout…”bible study” for two, chat rooms, sending a so-called “mass text” and he’s the only one that got it…, etc. Social media and technology has made these “tricks” more accessible and easy to execute with no accountability.

3. Selfish needs often will dictate your actions. Selfishness is a branch of pride (God resists the proud but give grace to the humble). 

If you have children, kiss dating goodbye (and read the book by Joshua Harris too). Risking your children’s safety and comfort is not an option. If your children doesn’t like him/her; THEY GOTTA GO! Desperation is deep-seeded and this issue needs to be handled by the Holy Spirit, PRONTO!..it’s time to fast and pray. …..for as long as it takes.

I pray that those that are feeling a little offended to consider that the above suggestions and exhortations are not from one that does not understand the perils of being unmarried. Divorced for 17 years, I know something about that life. God’s word is true. Contentment with Godliness is great gain! In addition to the fruit that we are promised; I have been blessed to have reared two children as well. I’m not saying that it was easy. Yes there were temptations, mistakes, and risks I took that I regret today; however, the Lord’s kindness, power, and provision is indeed sufficient then and today. This sufficiency only applies if you desire to live in a way that will please Him.

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.  Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. (James 1:13-15). 

….and y’all know that’s true…:-)

So let us fully grasp the will of God for His people.

 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

Which one will you choose?

Pride and Social Media (You may want to share this on Facebook) LOL

The following is an excerpt of Dr. John Barrett’s blog on http://www.dtbm.org. You can hear the full sermon on sermonaudio.com:

In light of my previous post concerning the effects of social media. I felt the following resource was very insightful and explains why this medium is detrimental to ones spiritual walk.

How To Identify My Pride 

The best source of insight into pride is an examination of your self asking honestly—Which of these areas apply to me?
Pride always makes me think that the sermon was for someone else other than me—because I’m okay!
Pride makes me always critique church (and any other teaching) on the basis of “what I got” rather than “what I gave”.
Pride makes me think of myself first and others second.
Pride makes me always look for my name on a list, always look for my face in a picture, and always look for my presents at a party.
Pride always makes me compare myself with others, excusing my failures while condemning theirs.
Pride makes me sensitive to how I look, how I feel, and defensive about what I do.
My pride also makes me expect special treatment, want to be in control, think my opinion is important, and always want to be right.

We have proud attitudes: pride makes me impatient, resentful, bitter,
We have proud looks: haughty looks, arrogant expressions,
We have proud words: they are angry words, belittling words, harsh words, harmful words, defiling words, thoughtless words, self-aggrandizing words… proud words dominate conversations, are boastful, critical, and argumentative,
We have proud actions: pride makes me pushy with my agenda, nosy about others business, a gossiper about others actions, competitive for my way, obsessive about my wants, compulsive for my needs, and anxious about the outcome when it relates to me.

My pride makes me want to be recognized and noticed.
My pride makes me proud of my looks, my travels, my education, my ministry, my Bible knowledge, my cooking skills, my decorating skills, my social sills, my social status—or jealous of any of yours!
Pride makes me: resentful when disrespected, while at the same time expecting recognition and respect.
Pride makes me discontent, restless, anxious, jealous, and selectively lazy. Pride makes me late for you but fumes when you are not early for me.
Pride doesn’t want to wait, and doesn’t want to try for fear of failure.
Pride makes me exaggerate my work, my opinion, my needs, my wants, my plans—while minimizing all of yours, and jealous if I can’t.
Pride makes me break the rules, bend the rules, and impose my own rules on others—while resisting all of your rules.
Pride makes me resistant, hesitant, and belligerent towards other’s ideas and leadership because I want my own way.
Pride makes me hold a grudge against you—and want to get even, while forgetting my similar failures, and then get angry when you get even with me.
Pride always remembers wrongs, always thinks it deserves better, and always wants more.
Pride makes me cover my sins while seeing other’s faults first and clearest.
Pride wants the best seat, takes the best parking place, and won’t wait in line.
My pride makes me need the best clothes, buy only the finest things for myself—but shop the bargain basement for others. So pride makes me always seek the best for myself—and not care about the needs of others.
Pride makes me not like my old car, always want a new car, and get completely jealous of you when you get any car.
Pride makes me either think my house is not good enough for me, or my house is better than yours.
Pride makes me buy the biggest house possible and then say it’s just an investment without first asking where I have more invested—on earth or in Heaven.
Pride makes me buy things I can’t afford, find reasons to not give, and do things I often regret.
Pride makes me love money and hate sacrifice; love praise and hate criticism; love prosperity and hate adversities.
Pride makes me pursue pleasures and avoid pain.
Pride makes me worry about what I wear, how I look, and what others think.
Pride makes me never quite content with my hair color, my skin color, my body weight, my physical condition, or my health. Pride  also makes me think my hair is better looking, my tan is better looking, my body is better looking than yours–or jealous if it’s not!
Pride is when I get focused more on my skin than my heart, when I get focused more on my hair than my mind, when I get focused more on my clothes rather than being clothed with compassion and love, when I am more focused more on my car than serving Christ, and my house than on Heaven.
Pride makes me resentful when corrected; hurt when disappointed; impatient when hindered; greedy when given choices (remember Lot); critical when speaking of rivals;jealous when seeing others advancing in any way; untruthful when confronted; and distant when slighted.
Pride will make me exaggerate my accomplishments, possessions, and abilities while minimizing my faults, weaknesses, and deficiencies.
Pride makes doesn’t thank people for their sacrifices, services, or gifts.
Pride makes me irritated at others, short with those I feel superior towards, and flattering towards those that can help me in some way.
Pride makes me driven with me agenda, hurried with others needs, and impatient with life.
Pride always makes me picky, finicky, touchy, choosy, nosy, and bossy.
Pride makes me jealous of the strength of youth, and disdainful of the weaknesses of the elderly and incapacitated.
Pride makes me secretly rejoice in others catastrophes and sullenly endure my own.
Pride makes me think that I am vital and irreplaceable, and my life is so important–that I will do all I can to save my life and not lose it.
Pride makes me spiritually superficial, artificial, and critical.
Pride makes me think much about my life and gaining as much as I can and little about my death and my face-to-face appointment I have with Christ when I explain just what I did with my life.
Pride makes me prejudiced, bigoted, and calloused.
Pride makes me:

  • Self-reliant
  • Self-absorbed
  • Self-deceived
  • Self-confident
  • Self-conscious
  • Self-sufficient
  • Self-satisfied
  • Self-focused
  • Self-centered, and
  • Self-driven

Pride makes me unreliable (because you can’t tell me what to do and when); unloving (because I won’t sacrifice for you); unteachable (because you can’t correct me), and competitive (because I will always try to outdo you)!
Pride makes me quick to speak and slow to hear; quick to anger and slow to forgive;quick to take and slow to give.

The Gospel is all about the reality that I am a failure because of sin and only Christ’s becoming my Substitute and taking my sin, and guilt, and shame gives me any hope.

The Cross is a constant reminder on my own I am unable to do right, unable to stop sinning, and helpless to do anything about my weaknesses, fears, and problems. That is why God wants my…

………………..Pride Exposed

 

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Works of Destruction

The following is from http://www.spurgeon.org

THE SWORD AND THE TROWEL (TRACT 5)

ANY a man may see his portrait here! The spendthrift hacks away his estate and falls into destitution and disgrace. The drunkard cuts at his health and strength, his family comfort and household peace, and when he has finished his mad work, he drops into ruin, through his own folly. The man of low, debauched habits, is chopping, with fearful effect, at his own body and soul, and will, ere long, rue the lusts which hurl him into disease, agony, and death. There are other fools beside the man in the woodcut, who are lopping off the branch which holds them up. It is base ingratitude when men are malicious and cruel to those who are their best friends. Wives and parents often have to feel sharp cuts from those whom they lovingly support and are anxious to preserve from ruin. Shame that it should be so!
    Self-righteous reader, you are ready to join with us in any censure which we may pass upon the madness of the sins we have just hinted at; but permit us to ask you, whether you yourself are not photographed in our picture? You are resting upon the bough of good works, and yet, every day, your faults, imperfections, and sins are rendering it less and less able to bear your weight. It never was a firm support, and if you know yourself, and are candid enough to confess your shortcomings, you will at once perceive that it has become, in the judgment of conscience, a very frail dependence, quite unworthy of your confidence. Had you never sinned, and, consequently, never made one gash in the bough, we might tolerate your trusting to it; but since you have cut at it again and again, and it is ready even now to snap beneath you, we pray you, leave it for a surer resting-place. All reliance on self in any form or shape is gross folly. Feelings, works, prayers, almsgivings, religious observances, are all too feeble to support a sinful soul. “Other foundation can no man lay than that is laid—Jesus Christ the righteous.” “Whosoever believeth in him is not condemned.” ” He is able also to save them to the uttermost who come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” Trust Jesus and he will never fail you.

5.—Sword and Trowel Tracts—6d. per 100. Passmore & Alabaster, 23, Paternoster Row.

Social Media: The Marauder of Genuine Relationships

Shall we bid “au revoirue” to realistic and genuine relationships? Since the invention of chat rooms and social media, genuine and organic relationships have seemingly escaped the human experience. A few years ago, my family made the decision to deactivate our Facebook and Twitter accounts. At first there was much defiance (my children were teens at the time). Later on, we all discovered it’s effects on our spiritual and relational growth. This sacrifice allowed us to build a stronger family foundation, more intimacy with the Father, and added more time for family discipleship. This became our time to engage in challenging conversations, and has brought lots of laughter in our home. This also allowed for very transparent conversations about life, relationships, and hard-core questions about my past mistakes. Unbeknownst to me this would be a crucial time for my family’s growth. It was instrumental in the aversion of generational influences.

I would love see how this level of intimacy could effect a people in any community. Social media has made many of us socially awkward. I am observing that people just don’t know how to to be engaged in human interaction. There is little to no eye contact and there seems to be a language barrier; like “what do I say”…duh.

What would happen if we were just as bold and candid about our personal life in the face of our neighbors, associates, or with the people at church (HA!..NO HOLY FACE MASKS ALLOWED).  While engaged in SM, I found that my social networking “friends” were more confident over a tablet, phone app, or PC. Unfortunately that false confidence seemed to disappear once there was face-to-face interaction. I can recall a time when a particular  SM “friend” was very engaged in posting comments where I started many controversial conversations; but later; in social events that person would “avoid me like the plague”…WHAT!?  Ironically, my children(now adults) had the same experiences. There would be times that their “friends” would see them in public places and would not acknowledge them publicly. These same “FB friends” always had a response to a post when it was important to enough…hmmm..Now…some of you may be saying “maybe you guys are just not that important”..Point taken…AND THAT’S EXACTLY THE POINT!!

Human ingenuity should not usurp the benefits of the human experience. When social media is the major driver in a society’s socialization, it dehumanizes the masses. For some, it makes them very critical, narcissistic, and shallow. Not to mention that the temptation to gossip (and speak foolishly on issues that they have not researched), engage in so-called “harmless” voyeurism, and the pastime does nothing to feed the Spirit..IT’S ALL flesh feeding. SM is a marauder of the human relationship. It has become a tool to destroy. In the years to come we will see the unimaginable come to fruition due to SM.

Importantly It is a major cause of a fruitless spiritual walk. We are starting to see what happens to a civilization when the people cannot engage in intellectual conversation. Our children don’t understand the art healthy debate nor are they equipped to research, study and share their educated opinions about civic and governmental issues. They just goooooo with the floooow.  It is also very apparent that some technology; wonderful as it is…along with public schools, has “dumbed” down this generation. Spelling, grammar, and proper use of language is virtually non-existent. The effects can be seen in national newspapers and magazines. 

An integral element in all relationships is intentional, consistent interaction. It’s organic. It must be done with an intent to grow together. It should be exercised with a mind to run as one would in a marathon. We should be faithful at all times, and ready to forgive when there is an offense, and ask for forgiveness when you give the offense. Building genuine relationships are comfortable and uncomfortable; they can be fun and sometimes they will require work. When we afford our efforts to social media for building relationships, we allow confusion to navigate the path. Those so-called relationships are superficial and there are always casualties.

Social media and a person’s need to be “heard, seen, and be seen” makes one less aware of those that are closest to us in terms of our immediate community. We don’t realize the importance of belonging. Sadly, what I’m also finding is that many people have accepted social media as a satisfactory medium for relationship building and human interaction is just too much work.  SELAH