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Acacia Outreach Ministries

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Think twice, flame not.

Posted by Chaplain Jeff Lucas on August 13, 2011 at 1:35 AM

In this day and age, the written word has become a very prominent form of communication. E-mails, tweets, blog posts, FaceBook statuses, and all the other social media have almost replaced the spoken word. Unfortunately, most of our comprehension comes from hearing the words and seeing the speaker’s face, not only for content, but also for context. That leads to much misunderstanding and flaming.

I work very hard at making my written communication easily comprehended. I use those silly little emoticons to augment the context and intent of what I send out here on the interwebs. Still, people get all off their medication


about some very innocent statements or misplaced posts. I was even rebuked in the name of Jesus over one of those repost-for-fun games.


Once, I likened the effect of coffee to the quickening of the Holy Spirit. I was abruptly scolded for blasphemy… over coffee? Seriously? This saint (as in the way Paul would use the word) even has a ThD.


Ya’ know? The next time you read a written communication and feel like projecting the anger of your constipation upon the sender, stop and take a deep breath, go to your happy place, and put a positive spin on it. Otherwise, you just start a bunch of dissension. And, don’t think that deleting the post or thread will just make it go away. That just shows that you messed up and know it; yet, you are too proud to correct yourself.

Speaking to you Christians out there. We are brothers and sisters in Christ. We are supposed to correct each other in the spirit of Godly love and affection. Do it in private so that no one is discredited in public. That way you both keep the Christ-cred.

So, take what you read with a grain of salt. Look for the positive and vent your anger in a more healthy, civil, appropriate, and respectful manner.

I’m getting off my soapbox now. My rant is over. Until next time…

Be safe. Be blessed.


Chaplain Jeff

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